Q: How long have you had Diabetes?
A: I had my first diagnosis, T2 in Dec. 2016, then T1 (LADA) in March 2019.
Q: What brought you to IDS?
A: I’ve always been interested in being more in control of my health and not just relying on my Healthcare team. After searching online for info I came across IDS and really liked the idea of personal coaching and working to understand my pump and diabetes in more depth. Plus, the convenience of being able to work with someone online was awesome.
Q: Who have you worked with at IDS?
A: Alicia has been my primary coach and just recently had a session with Dana. Alicia is great, super knowledgeable, funny, and really makes sessions enjoyable and informative. Both coaches sent loads of material so I could refer back to what we talked about in the session.
Q: What were pinch points you had with your diabetes that you were able to work through?
A: The intrusiveness of diabetes and the constant need for monitoring everything. Once I surrendered to the fact that it’s a lifelong chronic disease it became easier to let go of the frustrations and accept nothing is going to be perfect. Diabetes can be managed and doesn’t have to define me.
Q: What do you do in life that is easier or better since you’ve worked with IDS?
A: Honestly, everything became easier after working with IDS. To be able to feel empowered to make decisions related to my pump, exercise, food, etc., has been such a huge relief. Not having to solely rely on healthcare professionals and feeling much more in control of my own health.
Q: What new skills /strengths have you been able to build in your diabetes management?
A: Much better at data analysis, ability to adjust pump settings, and an overall acceptance of dealing with the dia-beast.
Q: What would you say to someone who’s struggling with their diabetes management right
A: Reach out, read, talk to others in the diabetes community, challenge your healthcare team, ask lots and lots of questions, and consider working with IDS. Never, ever give up, it is possible to take control and live a healthy, happy life.
Q: What are your hopes for diabetes management in the future?
A: A cure for the disease and until then, better, more sophisticated technology to help manage diabetes.