Living with Type 1 Diabetes

This week we are fortunate to learn about living with type 1 diabetes from our reader and featured writer, Jessyka McCaulley.

God has a plan for all of us, He sets our lives up for things we never thought we could overcome.

– Jessyka McCaulley
Living with Type 1 Diabetes with Jessyka McCaullen

My name is Jessyka McCaulley and I have been living with Type 1 diabetes for almost 4 years now.

When were you diagnosed with diabetes? What was it like?

My diaversary is July 17! I was diagnosed a little later in life, I was 23 at the time and didn’t have much education on diabetes. I thought it was for people who were older or out of shape. I grew up quick when I had to carb count, change my entire diet and inject myself with needles (which I’m terrified of). 

Being in and out of the hospital for the first couple of weeks of being diagnosed was a whirlwind of emotions for me. My parents never left my side but I still couldn’t help feel like I let them down. I have always been an independent person and love to do as much as I can with very little help.

All of that changed when I found myself not understanding and needing help with my injections and low blood sugar moments. My now husband was a newbie at diabetes too, when we got together.

I never knew how much I really knew until I had to explain symptoms to someone who had no idea what Type 1 diabetes was. 

What are some symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes?

1. Extremely thirsty
2. Extremely tired
3. Really horrible cramps in my legs
4. Breaking out in a horrible rash (which I found out later, that my blood sugar was so high my skin was having an allergic reaction to my high blood sugar)
5. Extreme mood swings!

What has Type 1 Diabetes Taught You?

Living with Type 1 Diabetes with Jessyka McCaullen

Diabetes has changed my life for the better.

I am a strong more confident person because of it.
I have come to understand my body and what it can and can not handle.
I have my good and bad days with diabetes but I wake up everyday thinking of the positives in my life.

Diabetes is always on my mind and if I can fight to stay alive every single day, I can do anything. Seeing the day in and day out decisions I have to make to maintain a healthy life style and healthy blood sugars will be something I have to live with everyday.

I personally do not have a problem with living with diabetes and let me tell you why.

God has a plan for all of us, He sets our lives up for things we never thought we could over come.

You have to be positive and have a healthy mind set to over come something so powerful, we have to think differently than others.

Always believe in yourself and don’t worry about others or how they are doing. In today’s day and age we find ourselves comparing to others and we can’t get caught up in that. We have an invisible disease that we can manage! 

Living with Type 1 Diabetes with Jessyka McCaullen

What advice would you give to those Living with Type 1 Diabetes?

Reach out to other diabetics as soon as possible!

I felt so alone until I had an Instagram and saw that I wasn’t. People are so willing to help you and make sure to ask questions, lots of questions.

I have concerns and questions daily and I’m always making sure I’m not crazy or the only one having those thoughts! You’re not alone.
Let’s be friends! You can find me on Instagram at @diabetic_jess

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Well said Jessyka, here at Sickly Confidential, you’ve motivated and inspired us. Thank you for sharing your story and we are here to support you and cheer you on in your journey. Enjoy your honeymoon and congratulations on the wedding! You’re truly a remarkable woman!

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