Diabetes on the Daily
Diabetes on the Daily
11.08.12 | By Preet Bilinski
Today we have guest post from co-founder and CEO of the Diabetes Daily blog, Elizabeth Zabell Edelman. Elizabeth is a diabetes advocate who was diagnosed in 2005, she talks about the the daily fears, frustrations and triumphs of living with diabetes.
My diagnosis with type 1 diabetes in 2005 was a shock. I was a seemingly healthy college senior who was on the cusp of graduation and a career as an architect on the horizon. I had the world at my fingertips, so I thought, and had no idea that my life was about to drastically change.
A routine visit to the doctor confirmed that my rapid weight loss, extreme fatigue, excessive thirst, frequent urges to urinate and an insatiable appetite were not just all in my head, but there was actually something wrong with me and my health was in jeopardy. How could I have diabetes? I didn't even think I could get diabetes and here I was pricking my fingers to draw blood and sticking myself in the stomach with syringes. It was life changing, it was overwhelming, and it was something that I greeted head on. I wasn't about to let diabetes run my life for me and I was committed to making sure that I took the best care of myself that I could.
Although I was getting my blood sugar levels down successfully, I felt I was missing the connection of knowing somebody else who was going through what I was going through. I needed a friend who could understand what these new feelings were; someone who could give me tips; and a shoulder I could cry on when I needed to... because yeah, you do cry sometimes when dealing with living with a chronic illness. I couldn't find any support locally and decided to start a blog called www.diabetesdaily.com where I could talk about my life with diabetes. It was my hope that I could connect with other people with diabetes and share my story and maybe help others not feel so alone.
After blogging for several months I noticed that people loved to comment and share their stories too. So Diabetes Daily became more of a community than just me talking about my experience. Since then it has grown leaps and bounds over what I had initially imagined it would have. We have a vibrant community of almost 90,000 members, a diabetes friendly recipes section with meal plans and shopping lists, and many people in the forums sharing their stories and tips. I am so proud of what it has become.
I don't look at diabetes as something that has deterred me from anything in life. If anything it has helped me learn more about myself and what is most important. Because of diabetes I am healthier than ever and am much more in tune with my body. I have had a healthy pregnancy with diabetes, traveled the world, and changed my career to helping those with diabetes lead happy, healthy and hopeful lives. It is possible because I have achieved it.
Even though diabetes has brought so much to my life, I still hope and pray for a cure and better treatment options. What we have now works but we can do better. I look forward to the day that I don't have to draw blood constantly to see what my blood sugar is. I look forward to the day that I don't have to attach a pump to my body that is a physical reminder of my diabetes. I look forward to finding a cure.