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My name is Jaime and I have Type 1 diabetes; I was diagnosed in 1995 at the age of 9.

I had struggled with my weight since I was about 7 yrs old. My pediatrician told my mother I needed to be on a diet. She always fed me well, never had sweets. I’d go back to the doctor and nothing was coming off. Then all of a sudden I lost 5 pounds (we were so excited), drinking constantly and peeing like crazy. My mom thought that I had a virus and a bladder infection. But then the day came when we knew it had to be something else. I was in fourth grade and had one of the toughest teachers around. We had a states and capitals test, and it was an absolute no no to ask to use the restroom unless it was an emergency. But I was a good girl and tough, so I could hold it. It was getting harder and harder; I flew out of my seat in tears and asked to be excused. I had already gone a bit in my pants and it was mortifying.

My mother worked in my school and my teacher called her to my class immediately. That day my life changed completely. We went to the pediatrician and told them what was going on with me. They tested my sugar and sent me out to the waiting room. I sat there and could see my mom through a window, she was hysterically crying. I sat there awkwardly wondering what was going on that is making my mom so sad? They called me back to the room and told me that I had diabetes. In my little 9 year old brain I hear DIE-A-BETES. I remember asking my mom if I was going to die. I don’t remember too much of any conversation that was going on. My mom and I left and headed home to wait for my dad and pack for the hospital.

We got to the hospital and it was really overwhelming. I guess they first thought I had type 2 diabetes because even though I lost some weight, I still was too big for my age. So the tests started and they found that I had hypothyroidism. The doctor said with my results, they guessed I was undiagnosed for about 2 years. This was why I was swollen and over weigh; the only reason I had lost any weight is because my diabetes was taking over. I stayed in the hospital for a week and it was a pleasant experience for me. I didn’t pay much attention to what I had to do to take care of myself. My mama was there and she’d do everything for me. But I was wrong, I had a lot I needed to learn.

I started off with multiple daily injections (MDI’s) and we just couldn’t get control, even though my mom took such good care of me. She would test my sugar in the middle of the night, I usually slept right through it. The nights she had to get me out of bed to eat something were the worst. A few years later my endocrinologist suggested I start insulin pump therapy. That was a lot of fun for me, being in 7th grade and kids asking me why I had a pager. I would tell them that it wasn’t and try explaining what it was to the best of my ability. I never really mastered being on a pump in my teens, it wasn’t until adulthood that I could really grasp how to use it to my advantage. And still, it took me a long time to really take care of myself. I liked to pretend I was just like everyone else, so I wouldn’t test as often as I should or carb count, which is essential for optimal pump usage.

It wasn’t until I was about 27 years old that I started to get more serious about my health. I wanted a family, and was determined to get healthy to become a mama; my lifelong dream. 

Stay tuned for my journey of becoming a mom! 


6 comments

  • Hi Denise!
    I am so glad you found me! That’s really exciting you’re getting on a pump! Which one did you go with? Give yourself a lot of grace to get to know your system! Make sure you test a lot so you can tweak your doses! Carb counting is super important too! Be sure to carry a backup set with you whenever you go out, just in case something happens to the site you have it. Or be sure you have syringes and insulin on you until you get home to change the set. Ask plenty of questions! The IG community is so helpful! Feel free to reach out to me in my DMs anytime!!

    Jaime "The Trendy Diabetic"
  • Wow Jaime my story is basically the exact same as yours! I don’t know many type 1’s so for me to come across your IG &making my first ever diabetic T-shirt purchase then reading your story melts my heart knowing that I wasn’t the only one who went through an undisciplined high school diateen stage. I’m currently 26 &finally got approved for my first insulin pump. I’m so excited but extremely afraid for a new life in a good way! What tips can you please give me know!? What are some things that I most-def must know, understand &never forget!??

    Denise AVS
  • Hi Gina! Wow 46 years, double years with type 1! The technology is so life changing, it’s a wonderful thing. That pump looks so cool! I’ve been thinking about changing from Medtronic to Omnipod, I just don’t know what to do! I’ve been with medtronic for about 20 years minus a year or so when I took a break from the pump. Thank you for taking the time to comment! I’m also in N LV!!

    Jaime
  • I was also diagnosed in 4th grade at age 10… just turned 10. I have been diabetic for almost 46 years now. I just started the new 640G pump and my life has changed!! I am an art teacher at a catholic school here in N Las Vegas. Live the shirts

    Gina
  • Hi Karina,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story, it means the world to me. I am so sorry your son (and you) are struggling with his diagnosis. When I was in 7th grade, I saw a counselor for a short time. She helped me immensely, I enjoyed my weekly visits talking to her. If you do decide to go that route, know that he may not find the right person to talk to right away. Has he expressed wanting to talk to someone about what he’s feelings? If you haven’t already, ask him what you can do to help him through it. Let him know you are there every step of the way. Do you have any type 1’s in your family? I was/am the only one in my entire family (parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins etc) that has type 1 diabetes. It could be a very lonely feeling when no one around you knows what you’re going through. It’s frustrating as a kid to not be able to just be free and run. We have so much to think about in order to have fun and while we’re having fun.

    I think it could be helpful for him to maybe find a group of fellow type 1’s his age. Even looking into a type 1 camp; I always wanted to do that! I think it’s important to tell him it’s ok for him to feel sad, but it’s more important to fight. He is now a warrior and he may not know it now, but this disease will make him better if he focuses on staying positive.

    If you aren’t in my VIP group already, you should definitely join. We have a few mamas in there who have kiddos with type 1! So many great groups on Facebook that could be a great outlet for you! Shoot me an email if you need to talk more! I will follow up with you if I don’t hear back!! Sending lots of love and positive energy your way!

    Jaime

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