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Life with Type 1 Diabetes: Finding My New “Normal” + Embracing a New Chapter

by Grace Bonney

dog walk
Last December, I started feeling off. After a lifetime of needing to be encouraged to drink water, I was suddenly downing as much as I could get my hands on. I was sleeping poorly, waking up covered in sweat, feeling both wired and exhausted and without trying, I somehow lost 10 pounds in a week. Then one day when Julia and I were at the movies, I realized I didn’t have enough energy to cross my legs.

Right after the new year, I found myself in a doctor’s office hearing the word “diabetes” used for the first time. Though at first it was used in a misdiagnosis of Type 2, it quickly corrected to my actual diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.

I didn’t know adults could get Type 1 (you can read about the differences , because they are very different diseases) and the shock was real and immediate. It led to the darkest period of my life so far and, thankfully, after five months of crying, yelling, therapy, exercise, change, lots of dog walks (above) and just letting go, I’ve come to accept that this could be an invitation to one of the brightest and most meaningful chapters of my life.

This summer Design*Sponge will turn 12. More than ever, I’ve come to appreciate that Design*Sponge is a very real home for me. It has been the anchor I’ve so desperately needed at some of the toughest times of my life. And I’ve never felt this more so than over the past five months.

supplies

Above: My new everyday purse contents: a blood glucose testing device, test strips, test strip control solution, lancets, disposable needles, a journal to log how much insulin I use, two types of insulin (one long-acting I take twice a day and one short-acting I take with food 3-4x a day), an emergency glucagon shot, glucose pills for low blood sugar and extra versions of just about everything. Gone are my tiny purse days. 

When I started feeling sick, I squeezed my way into a last-minute doctor’s appointment by mentioning that perhaps this was Lyme Disease (a very real concern where we live) and an infectious disease doctor sent me to get 18 tubes of blood drawn to test for everything. He came back into the room and asked me to go downstairs to the lab to have my blood tested again to confirm my A1C.

Most people without diabetes fall somewhere between an A1C of 4.0 and a 5.5. The chart they use to depict A1C levels at the doctor’s office stops at 12. Mine was 14.

That number probably should have sent me to a hospital to check that I wasn’t going into , since an A1C of 14 means my average blood sugar was over 400 on a daily basis.

What followed after that was a series of events that would not have happened without the network of friends I’ve found through Design*Sponge. Designer , whose incredible son, Henry, has Type 1 Diabetes, reached out to me and suggested I ask them to re-test me for Type 1 and not Type 2. So I found an endocrinologist and two days later, he confirmed that I had Type 1 and would need to learn a new insulin regimen right away.

books

Above: All of the books and cookbooks I’ve read since my diagnosis in January. I dove in headfirst. If you’re a new diabetic or know someone who is, please start with , it’s my favorite.

I’ll spare you the rest of the details and say that the next month was one of the toughest I’ve ever lived. I read all of the suggested books (above), some bleaker than others, and immediately assumed the worst: that my life span had been cut by at least 10-12 years, that my dreams of starting our family were dashed (how could I take care of someone else when I can barely take care of myself now?), and that I would most likely die early and face blindness or an amputated limb along the way. I spent more nights than I care to admit bursting into tears on the couch. I consoled myself by watching Pixar movies and covering my daily shot “wounds” with Band-Aids that looked like Minions (I had a real “revert back to childhood” moment).

And then I did something that feels like second nature to me now: I talked about my diagnosis publicly. At first, I only talked about it on my personal Facebook page. And what happened next was life-changing: people reached out to me to share support, connect me to other people my age with Type 1, invite me to private Facebook groups (my new favorite thing in the world) dedicated to Type 1 Athletes and Type 1 Parents and just about every other type of person living with Type 1 you could ever imagine. Those conversations, and just watching and seeing people thrive, despite this disease, were the first moments of realizing that my life as I knew it wasn’t over — it was just one major chapter ending, and a new one beginning.

Since January I’ve had 12 rounds of blood work done, had 3 MRIs, seen 8 traditional Western doctors and specialists (I also have a thyroid problem, which often goes hand-in-hand with diabetes), a naturopath, an acupuncturist and a therapist. I know more about my body than I ever have in my entire life, and here is what I’ve learned:

  1. The human body is an incredible thing. Yes, it can fall apart and let you down, but it also holds amazing minds that dream up things like insulin and glucose pills that can save someone’s life and help you work around the parts of your body that can’t keep up anymore.
  2. Weight isn’t everything — health is. I grew up battling an eating disorder on and off for the better part of a decade and now that my focus is on health, and not weight, I feel much more connected to my body. It’s like meeting an old friend I haven’t talked to in a long time (and we have a lot to catch up on). Having to count, track and balance every bit of food or drink that goes in my body is definitely a trigger for me, but I’m getting to know what food makes my body healthy now.
  3. It’s okay to be sad and let go. From January to early March, I was pretty much the worst version of myself. I gave in to fear, anxiety, anger and every other emotion under the sun. I snapped at people. I ignored emails. I dropped projects. I cried constantly. I thought about nothing but my blood sugar numbers and what I was afraid of. But you know what? That’s okay. Because I let myself really go there, now I feel ready to let that moment go and work on embracing a more positive outlook.
  4. I learned to ask for help. Whether it was letting my wife hold me up (sometimes literally) when I felt like I couldn’t take it anymore or just asking my team to take over some of my work while I focused on healing, I was so buoyed by the people around me who let me know it was okay to take the space/time/support I needed.
  5. There is no perfect health zone. I’m a classic Type A person, and when I was diagnosed I decided I would be the “best” Type 1 Diabetic ever. I would get “perfect numbers” in three months, eat the strictest diet ever and work out every day. And I did all that. But you know what? That’s not realistic. There will be days when I can’t “beat” diabetes no matter what and there will be days when I need to treat myself and not focus on only eating things I know I can control well. Life needs little moments like that to stay sane and right now, the only path to staying happy I can see is one that embraces ups and downs and doesn’t try to turn them into a perfect straight road.
  6. Technology is amazing (and scary): I basically carry around a few small devices at all times now (to monitor my blood sugar) and next week I’ll start wearing one of , that’s attached (and partially embedded) on my arm all the time. Eventually, I may end up on an insulin pump if that works best, but learning about the amazing — and slightly overwhelming — things technology can do to keep you safe and alive is pretty incredible. I’m still struggling with feeling like all these devices make me feel like a robot, and not a human, but I think I’ll get there eventually and feel more comfortable.
  7. Last and most importantly: LIFE CHANGES. We think we have it all figured out and then it reminds us, “Oh you think you know who you are? And what you do? And what it all means? I’ll show you…”

You would think that after working online in the most up and down market ever (does the Internet ever sit still for just a second??) I would understand and embrace this, but I haven’t. There will always be a part of me that wants to just stop and sit still for like, a year. I want the Internet, blogs, life, health and everything to stay exactly the same so I can adjust and get used to it and get into a groove. But that’s never going to happen. And if a disease that is literally all about getting used to highs and lows doesn’t teach me that, I don’t know what else will.

So what does this mean going forward? It means that I’m making some changes here at Design*Sponge. Since day one, I have pretty much run Design*Sponge in the exact same way: sitting behind a laptop, on my couch, cranking out email after email, post after post, responding to questions/ideas/demands/complaints in the comment section and on social media and spending countless hours researching and writing posts and soaking up as much design and inspiration as one person can possibly manage. And I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve loved this way of working and loved the accompanying sedentary lifestyle (I wore my busy couch potato badge with pride). But that’s literally not an option for me anymore. I need to stay healthy, fit and active to keep my body and my diabetes as close to in control as possible, so sitting still on a couch for 10 hours a day just can’t happen anymore.

In addition to the physical aspects, I’ve found that talking to more people face-to-face over the past five months has drastically increased my happiness and ability to balance all of these new challenges. And I want to keep feeling that way — upbeat, positive and connected.

So, starting now, I’m moving myself into a more traditional editor-in-chief role here at D*S. I’m going to be focusing on a few projects I’m incredibly passionate about: my podcast, an in-person event series and our first magazine. These projects will allow me to travel, meet people face-to-face, talk about more personal issues and will allow me to write more about the things I love here: connections, personal stories and big life issues.

But don’t worry. I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be here each and every week writing posts, responding to comments and talking on social media, but I’m going to give myself permission to write a new chapter of my own life and new chapter here at Design*Sponge. One where I go after the things I want and trust the incredible team we’ve spent years building to help me steer the ship and keep us on course. And with that newfound freedom I’m going to work on discovering new versions of myself I didn’t know existed. Versions that are strong and active and healthy, and versions that might actually come to enjoy change, and versions that let me dream bigger and better than I ever new I could. And the first step in that process is sharing these thoughts here.

Thank you for listening, thank you for your support, and, if any of you out there are living with or were recently diagnosed with Type 1, please know you’re not alone. I’m always happy to talk, share anything I’ve learned or connect you to the amazing people who’ve been so helpful to me over the past few months.

All my love,
Grace

*My will be back this summer and this time around, I’m doing micro-themes: 3-4 episode arcs with a single theme. To kick things off, I’m interviewing designers and creatives across the country who are living, and thriving, with chronic diseases. It will be an open, honest, difficult and motivating look at real life with real hurdles. 

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  • The unexpected detours of life – glad you are taking such good care of yourself Grace. I quit drinking 134 days ago and it to has become the start of “the brightest and most meaningful chapters of my life.
    p.s. – Turn that horseshoe above the books the other way so that your luck doesn’t ‘fall out’! All the best to you, Julia and the happy doggies!

  • Kudos to you and your team. You bring so much to the online world –and you’ve been so influential. I can’t wait til the podcasts resume!

  • Thank you for sharing this, Grace. I’m so glad that you have come through the other side of a diagnosis with so many positives. The duality of life is a crazy thing. *chin-chin* To your continued health!

    P.S. I can’t wait for your podcast to come back.

  • I’m so proud and humbled to be a D*S team member Grace :) Thank you for your strength, vision and support.

  • Thank you for this post. So many of us take our health for granted until something goes *wrong* I too was unaware that adults could get type1 as well.

  • Grace, you are a wonderful woman and a good human being and great role model for many, including myself. I admire you and will always cheer you on, on your life journey!

  • Thank you for sharing Grace. While not comparable in scope I had gestational diabetes with both my pregnancies and felt defeated, anxious and as if I had done something wrong when I was first diagnosed – drastic health changes are scary and constantly being reminded through continuous pricks and injections made me feel like I had little control.
    I’m glad to see that you are embracing this new chapter and that we’ll see a bunch of new things from you. All the best for you, your health and family.

  • Thank you for sharing this Grace.
    I was (mis) diagnosed as Type 2 (with a 14.7 A1C!) 4 years ago at the on-campus clinic where I was a student. Things were under control, three months later I was down to 5.6, and doing well. Two years later (still going to the campus clinic), the pills weren’t working and my A1C was back over 12, so they referred me to an endocrinologist who re-diagnosed me as Type 1.5 (!?), put me on long-acting insulin once a day, and answered none of my questions, ever. The pharmacist had to explain how to use the insulin the doc prescribed… I went back to the campus clinic (I work at the university now) pretty much so I could get my prescriptions, but no real answers. I’ve been hovering about a 7 A1C, and feel very stuck and confused and alone in this, and not sure where to go next. My husband is the best and most supportive person in the entire world, and I don’t know how I would survive without his help at this point.
    This was a terrifying diagnosis, and I went through many of the same stages as you, right down to the food control-triggers…
    Now, I’m on the hunt for a different endo, but the whole system is such a mess, and I’m feeling very stuck.
    I’m so glad to hear you’ve found a good support system! That’s definitely something I need to work on myself. :)
    The weird thing is, I’m probably healthier since my first diagnosis than I have been in my entire life. I shifted from a pretty standard vegan diet (too many carbs) to more plant based (very low carb), and started being more active. I’ve stopped obsessing about weight (I’m not overweight, but have always had issues with weight/eating/food) and focusing more on feeling good.
    Good for you for re-imagining your role with DS in a way which allows you to do what you love and keep an eye on your health. I can’t wait to see what will come next! :)

    • Katy

      I am SO SO sorry to hear you went through something similar. It took me a LONG time to get over my shock at discovering that most doctors know VERY little about Type 1 diabetes (or Type 2 for that matter).

      I’ve been to 4 endos and my best advice is to listen to your body and keep seeing new doctors until you find one you like. If they’re not helping you get where you want to be, they’re not for you. I felt guilty changing doctors, but then when I found one that I felt more comfortable with that actually explained things to me, I realized that being my own health care advocate was the ONLY way to stay healthy.

      You can do this and I’m here if you need anything! (I’m eating mainly plant based and low carb, too- it’s been a great tool to keep things in relative control)

      Grace

  • grace, you are such an amazing inspiration, each and every day. so sorry to hear you went through a rough patch, but not at all surprised to hear you felt all the feelings, made it through to the other side, and are building yourself back up stronger and better than yesterday. i can’t wait to see where this new chapter takes you (literally and figuratively!), and to see the podcast come back to life. all the hugs and best wishes!

  • Sorry you’re going through this Grace. My brother has Type 1 – it seems scary but he can manage a lot of it with diet and exercise and has significantly reduced the amount of insulin he needs compared to when he found out in his early 20s.
    Something else you might consider though. A friend of mine was diagnosed with Type 1, but after consulting with a naturopath, they discovered their home was full of mold. She was in toxic shock from the mold and her body was attacking itself. I mention it, because you recently moved into an old house, and could have something similar. Once they rid the house of mold and she detoxed (a long process), she didn’t actually have Type 1. And now she’s super healthy.
    Regardless, good luck and know that everything will be fine.

    • Bridgette

      Thank you for your concern. Sadly Type 1 like I have (confirmed with anti-bodies testing) isn’t caused by mold, but I’m so glad your friend’s health is back in good shape :)

      Grace

  • Thanks so much for sharing your story. I am looking forward to the projects you will be focusing on – especially the podcast ( i was really missing it). I’ve personally had some difficult times over the past year and struggle with accepting the sad and letting go. i felt i was a bad person when i just couldn’t function as my optimal (imagined) self. it was really helpful to read that it is ok to let the sad in so that i can be ready to move onto a new chapter in life.

  • Good for you – for looking after your health, for making the changes that you need to make, for being open to things evolving, for being in the moment about how you are feeling.

    I’ve gone back and forth about putting my hand up to take part in your series on chronic illness. And pulled it back down – I don’t know that I want to be so public with it. But I will say that living with chronic illness is definitely the ultimate in taking it day-by-day. Having to readjust my definition of success and live with much less energy and ability to produce has been hard. But it’s been worth it – life is short and all those cliches are true.

  • Thanks so much for opening up about this! You are definitely not alone in the struggle that can be life – and rising above is where the stories and the learning and the mushy good feels come from. I started visiting D*S for design inspiration, and then some side-hustle/freelance inspiration, and now it’s simply life inspiration. Thank you again. You’re doing a great job, even in those moments when you’re not feeling/seeing it for yourself. Our clicks and comments are here remind you! Can’t wait for what’s in store for you and D*S in the future!

  • Thank you for sharing your story. I have a brother who was diagnosed 5 years ago, and he is doing well. I am wishing you the very best!

  • grace,
    so many great helpful thoughts and realizations here, that relate to parallel unexpected life-changes for so many of your readers no doubt. Thanks for sharing and wishing you all the best, and looking forward to the podcast,
    a fellow recent hudson valley post-brooklyn resident,

  • Thank you for sharing your update, Grace. I’m so glad to hear you’re doing well and looking at this as a positive new chapter! Also, thank you for raising awareness about Type 1 adult-onset – it’s so often misdiagnosed. My cousin was misdiagnosed with Type 2 at 45 (even though, much like you, he didn’t exhibit many of the signs of Type 2). It sadly took years and many complications for him to be properly diagnosed with Type 1.
    I’m really looking forward to listening to your podcast as well! Sending you and your family lots of positive vibes on this next inspiring chapter :)

  • Thanks for sharing your story. I didn’t discover the “online type 1 community” until recently, and it’s a shame, because it’s been a real game changer for me. Reading about people like me, people who were diagnosed as adults especially, has made me feel not alone. My best decision ever was starting an Instagram (@legallydiabetic) solely devoted to my type 1 lifestyle so I could connect with fellow type 1’s. I did shots four the first four and a half years, and if it wasn’t for that community I probably would still be using them because I had never even heard of the omnipod! I too was afraid of feeling like a robot…and to be honest still have those feelings at times. Again, thanks for sharing your story so publicly because the more people know and understand what type 1 diabetes is, the easier it is for all of us. -Lauren

    • Lauren

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts here- and online. I’m excited to start following you and your story.

      Oh wait!! I already do. Ha. Small small Type One world ;)

      Grace

  • Hi Grace, thank you so much for sharing this. I know it’s been a really tough time but you have (and are) continuing to come out the other end. Which — from what you’ve described — seems like a healthier, more balanced and more sustainable you. I’m so glad you have a wonderful support system around you. yay, for amazing wives! xoxo -v

  • Hi! I barely leave a comment even though I love this site, but I just wanted to tell you that it’s going to be fine. I don’t have diabetes (though I’m with you in the thyroid front!) but I grew up with my grandfather and he had it. So I learnt to live with his diabetes as if it was mine. And I can assure you that it’s something that makes your life a little bit uncomfortable, but not impossible. We travelled together (our last trips were to Venice when he was 84 and the mountains in the north of Spain when he was 89!) and he enjoyed his meals, had a happy life and the best thing of everything was that we got to walk a lot together and those were my favourite moments when we talked and talked and talked. So that was a positive aspect of his diabetes! My gradfather lived until he was 90! So be healthy, do what your doctor says (everyone has a trick or a tip but I’m sure that you would have find out that by now) and make the most of those long walks!
    xx,
    E.

  • So much love and so many hugs being sent to you from our house. I’m so glad you finally found a diagnosis – the frustration of not knowing what’s wrong and getting misdiagnosed is awful and frustrating.

  • Thank you, Grace and the DS team for continuing to give us DS stans 5 days of joy week after week. Best of health to you!

    A magazine! I feel giddy with anticipation.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your story, Grace. I was diagnosed with a chronic condition a little over a year ago and experienced the same shock and uncertainty…and mostly pure frustration that I didn’t have control over my life. Hearing about other people’s experiences helps so much.

    Best wishes!

  • Hi Grace – It will all work out for you although it probably doesn’t seem so now. My daughter Julia is 17 and was diagnosed with Type 1 at 6. We got her on the insulin pump at 10 and it is so awesome. I highly recommend it because you won’t be tied to all the shots. Although it isn’t a cure, it makes taking care of the disease a bit easier. My thoughts are with you. It’s a learning curve for sure. You are lucky you have family and friend support!
    Best – Kristin
    p.s. Look forward to the return of your podcast.

    • Thanks so much, Kristin.

      I’m still struggling with the whole pump idea right now. I weirdly was TERRIFIED of my shots but in about 2 weeks I got over them completely and I’m totally comfortable with them. But the way I used them (in small doses many times throughout the day and broken in half before and after meals) is closest to a pump way of taking insulin, so I think it’s practical and in my future. I just already have a hard time with the whole “i feel like a robot” thing and need to work on that a bit more before I’m ready to make the leap ;)

      Grace

  • Grace,

    Thank you, as always, for your candor! I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for about 8 years — I am so glad you have such wonderful, supportive people in your life who can lift you up and keep you steady as the world continues to shift around you. As another Type A person, I completely relate to the unrealistic expectations we can sometimes put upon ourselves, but find (as it sounds like you did, too) that the universe has a way of reminding us that being a Serial Overachiever isn’t sustainable. Balance is everything. I wish you and your beautiful family (fur babies included!) the very best as you walk on this new path.

  • You have always been generous with your readers. I am so glad you are figuring out your path towards better health and sharing that journey with us. Thank you, Grace.

  • Grace, you are a constant inspiration to me & to so many with your ability to learn from everything in your path, your honesty & your strong spirit. It’s been amazing to watch over the past 10 years I’ve known you. I admire you so much. Sending big hugs. Lisa

  • Hello. I’m Sofia and I was misdiagnosed 4 years ago, with type 2 that were in fact a type 1. I was telling all the endo that I have a type 1 (because I’m a nurse and I know the disease) and no one believe me. Thank you for writting this post because all your words could be write by me. All the books, all the crying, all the sadness and the incertain of my future, I live Just like you. Even our insulin pens are the same.
    And the only thing that I could say is that I have to learn to be a better version of me, take care of my body and my soul. And if we take anything good in living with this disease is the urgent of living everything with much moore intensity. I am learning that pursuit my dreams is far more important than the sadness. It’s a waist of time. I m hope that you could be share your experience other times with us because it’s a comfort for all the people who strugles with this disease. A disease that we can’t take vacation and that we have to think about the two and two hours. It’s exausted, it can’t break our nerves but it’s our life and we have to live happy and fullfield beside any skiness. Kisses Sofia

  • My dad was diagnosed with Type I at 12 and was told by a doctor (without his parents present) that he wouldn’t live past 40. He didn’t tell anyone that until he was about to marry my mom many years later. He’s 62 now and doing very well. His illness has caused some scares throughout the years, but it’s never stopped him from doing anything that he wants to do. His vision has not been affected, he has all of his limbs, and he is in better physical shape than 95% of men his age. Finding the right doctors has been key for him as well. Best of luck!!

  • Thank you so much for sharing Grace <3 It really made me think about how important it is to open up and how the universe conspires to help us when we do. I would not go on 100% raw diet again, but you might like to look at Dr. Gabriel Cousens book There is a Cure for Diabetes and also his documentary Raw for 30 days – reversing Diabetes. Much Love, strength and warm wishes!

    • Thank you, Filipa.

      I appreciate your suggestion, but please know there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Misconceptions like that can be very harmful for people living with this disease. There is a lot of evidence that people with Type 2 can reverse their disease with diet and exercise, but Type 1 is an entirely different disease. I know those suggestions are always very well-meaning, but they can be very frustrating for people who are very much stuck with a disease that cannot be cured.

      Fyi, from his book page: “His Tree of Life program is proven to completely reverse Type-2 diabetes and markedly improve the condition of those suffering from Type-1 diabetes”. I’m sure this is very helpful for Type 1s, but it is sadly not a cure.

      Grace

  • Hi Grace — I’m so happy you are finding a path that works for you through your diagnosis; it’s what can be the most difficult for even the most brilliant doctors to understand and what can be the hardest aspect for even diabetics themselves to embrace: Finding a way to actually LIVE with the disease while not just living FOR the disease, if that makes sense. It will have been 28 years this Memorial Day weekend since I received my T1 diagnosis (egads) and in that time I’ve gone through everything you outline. And I am here to say that you can have great health even long-term; that not everybody falls apart (no diabetic complications for me, and I am hardly the poster child of “perfect” diabetic); that better monitoring and more medical knowledge make even expected complications more treatable now; and that viewing every day as a step in the journey can be the most freeing feeling. I wish you all the best in all your endeavors, I’ll keep looking forward to your content (and especially your podcast return!), and feel free to hit me on social media (@GalsGotMoxie) if you need a friendly ear or someone to Beetus-bitch with :)

  • Thank you Grace. I was recently diagnosed with Type 2, following in the matri-linear line of my family. So many feelings at first from fear to anger and overwhelm. It’s scary to think that you could lose eyesight or a limb, or just years off your life. But I am coming back now and making dietary and activity changes. I still hate pricking my finger all the time, but it does help to see which foods affect my levels. Thanks for sharing all the books. I will definitely check them out. Health certainly is wealth above all else and taken for granted until it’s not present. Sending strength and solidarity to you. You continue to be an inspiration. xo

    • Thanks so much, Jonica.

      I promise the finger part will get easier. I remember saying “Ow!” so loudly the first time I did it. Now I do that 10-14 times a day and it feels like second nature. What I still can’t get used to is having blood drawn. Hate hate hate it.

      Grace

  • My husband was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 9, he is now 34. We have a 3 year old daughter and a baby due in October. Although its a daily part of our lives, it is still a wonderful and full life. Every three months he comes home from his endo appointment either happy or sad based on that one number. Ive learned that it doesn’t mean much- maybe cook less carbs at dinner and get outside a little bit more until the next appointment. He is a wonderful father and a full time lawyer. We just make sure to carry snacks for both him and our toddler in every bag and we also call it liveabetes :)

  • So sorry you are dealing with such a difficult health diagnosis. But, I’m also excited to see you thrive and be more creative and passionate then ever. Life throws so many things at us and you have handled them all (from what you have shared!) like a champ. Sending lots of prayers and good vibes your way sister!
    XO
    Ali

  • Thanks so much for sharing about your experiences, Grace. And I’m so happy to hear you were able to get a correct diagnosis and find communities of support. I can only imagine what you went through. I went through a health scare last year that, like you, helped put a lot in perspective, especially with regards to work/life balance. It definitely helped underscore that without my health, without taking care of ailments and thinking both long-term and short-term, it is next to impossible to do a “good job” at work. It’s funny (and sometimes frustrating!) how setbacks or scary news can sometimes be the most clarifying experiences that help us re-prioritize and figure out how to be/feel better.
    And I can’t wait for the new podcast episodes!!

  • Grace, first, you are amazing. Seriously think about an insulin pump (Animas pumps are waterproof). It’s a GAMECHANGER. They seem intimidating at first but there’s so much support out there. Sending you so much love.