Hi! I’m Rachel, a thirty-something year old navigating the world with T1D, Hashimoto’s, and Celiac Disease. If you’re reading this it’s probably because you want to know a little more about me. So let’s start with the basics.
I have three autoimmune disease, an incredibly supportive and sexy husband (hey babe xoxo), and the sweetest most cuddly goldendoodle you’ve ever seen.
I take a natural, holistic approach to everything I do. My diet, what I put in my home and on my body, the way I exercise, my routines, and even the way I talk to myself, because I believe everything we do, think, and say has an effect on our health.
I was 20 years old when I got diagnosed with type one diabetes. I had all the typical red flags:
My mom knew what was up, since her and my Dad were still together when he got diagnosed at age 30. She told me I probably had T1D and to go to the doctors. I was in total disagreement, but went anyways. Wouldn’t you know, Mom was right.
Mom is always right.
That night I packed up my things and headed to my Dad’s. For two weeks I lived with him while he showed me the in’s and out’s of type 1.
Talk about the perfect crash course!
Not only did I get some kick-ass quality time with my Dad (which, with 3 brothers, quality time is hard to come by), but I was learning about T1D from an experienced type one diabetic.
My blood sugar numbers were far from desirable. I knew what to do, and I knew what the doctors were telling me to do, but it just wasn’t working; and I was the one paying for it, not them.
So I fled the nest.
I knew that what I was putting in & on my body (and more importantly not putting in & on my body), what toxins I was exposed to, and even the thoughts I was thinking, had a dramatic impact on my blood sugar numbers and overall health, despite my doctors thinking otherwise.
I remember one of my old Endo’s asked me what I did differently during the past few months to get a better A1C. When I told him, I went Paleo, he laughed at me and said, I doubt that’s it.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Western medicine is amazing. Especially in terms of the physical trauma and surgical aspects. But as far as keeping a person healthy & well, I think they’ve missed the mark…big time.
I’m not here to be your doctor and I’m certainly not pretending to be one online. The purpose of T1D living is to share with you the things that I’m doing to improve my own health and hopefully provide you with information that can be used as a starting point of conversation between you and your doctor.
Because let’s face it, with a disease that is SO HEAVILY woven into the medical field it’s hard to find anything out there that harmonizes natural living with type 1 diabetes (or any chronic illness for that matter). I hope my story and my journey can get to you to question things about your own wellness and inspire you to research things that you may have never thought of before.
This isn’t a one way street either! I love it when you share with me YOUR thoughts and YOUR experiences. You can open my eyes just as much as I can open yours.
T1D Living is a place for positivity; not horror stories, no pity me parties, and no talk about how hard this disease is. There is enough of that out there and to be honest, I never feel good about myself after reading those kinds of stories, which is a shame because we are some BAD-ASS human beings. Let’s celebrate that! Type one diabetes has one of the strongest communities out there. You are NEVER alone. And THAT is something to celebrate.
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