19 years & Counting

Hey guys! I am so sorry for missing in action the past few weeks, lots and lots of moving and adjusting to living on my own needed to be done but I am back and better than ever! So as many of you know today happens to be 4/20, for me especially this day is more special than any other day. For me it marks the day I was originally diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and I thought what better way to get back into the swing of things by sharing a more personal post with you all and just to share how much this disease has changed my life.

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For those of you who aren’t too familiar with this illness, as the American Diabetes Association states “In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy.”  I can tell you off hand that Type 1 Diabetes is mostly found in children or young adults. We fight every single day to deal with the constant high or low blood sugars, the need to feel like a normal kid or just to once be able to not have to prick your finger for a glucose reading everyday of your life.

This anniversary just so happens to make 19 years since being diagnosed and I can’t express enough what a crazy and wild journey it has been! There will always be good days and bad days just like with anything else in life but I can say I am truly grateful to still be here and to continue to better myself with this illness and hopefully one day be able to receive the treatments being discovered now that could potentially lead us to finding a cure.

I have constantly been speaking about next year once I hit my 20 year mark, I would love to celebrate by going on a big trip! Who says there’s nothing to celebrate about making it this long with such a terrible illness. To anyone else out there struggling with the same issue please know you are never alone. We all go through the same emotions or at times the feeling of being alone, living with this has never been easy but it can make it easier to deal with when you have others to talk to or just see to that there is others who go through the same exact issues you do.

It has been quiet the journey but it has certainly made me stronger and definitely formed me into the woman I am today. For me my strength comes from my support system and those people to me are many family members and close friends who always take a moment to check in or lecture me on if my numbers are good or if I need to eat. Although at times I can find the pestering to be annoying I know you all do it because you love and care for me and for that I thank you! As I said before this disease will never be easy but it’s nice to have you all there to support me along the way and it means so much so thank you!

So here’s to the next 19 years together because I plan on riding this out until the end or hopefully sooner rather then later I will be able to finally fight the fight! Until next time guys- xoxo Rissa

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