Hi, I'm Heather

I'll keep you updated on the latest in type 1 diabetes management... mostly through my own trials and errors :)

T1D, For Better, For Worse...

T1D, For Better, For Worse...

I just came back from the most beautiful wedding (weekend extravaganza) in Toronto, & I'm not sure why (maybe it was the wine...), but it made me more reflective of what it means to have diabetes & the mental burden we carry, even during the most joyous of occasions. I thought about my pre-betes life, & wished just once I could eat the butternut squash ravioli without worrying about my sugars, or think about how much insulin I had on-board while on the dance floor. I wished I wasn't concerned if my BGs were "bad" from being off routine, or attribute it to luck if they were "good." I wished I didn't have to worry if people could see my CGM, or if checking my sugars or injecting insulin at the table was "black tie appropriate." I wished I didn't have to go through cocktail hour fighting a hypo & hoping no one noticed. I wished I didn't have to wake up at 3 am to correct a high. However, the truth of the matter is, it's our life, for better for worse. I'm not sure if this will help everyone, but my main #protip takeaway from this weekend is acceptance. Life is different with T1D, but that's OK. There's a Kate Moss quote that goes "a moment on the lips, forever on the hips." In diabetes, I translate this to "a moment on the lips, forever on the dips🎢 ↘️." I found that trying to be so "normal" this weekend
& eating #allthecarbs, left me worrying about my diabetes more than ever, & feeling worse because of it. Now I do think it's healthy to "treat yo self" once in awhile, but it's also healthy to put diabetes first if that puts your mind at ease. That slider might look delicious, but worrying if it's going to throw my sugars into a rollercoaster the rest of the night? Nah, I'll pass. If you're feeling low, it's OK to step away and also "treat yo self" (but like in a medical way...) If you need to check your sugars, who cares if someone stares. I do wish I could put diabetes away for just one night (seriously, is that too much to ask??), but I can't. So I think accepting that type one life, not hiding it, is the best we can do. Yes, diabetes is nagging, sneaky & relentless, but it doesn't have to dictate every moment, especially the happy ones.

The buzz on hemp seeds....

The buzz on hemp seeds....

The cleaner the brownies, the messier the kitchen?

The cleaner the brownies, the messier the kitchen?