I was 20 years old and in my sophomore year of college, when I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I had all the typical red flags of unquenchable thirst followed by a ridiculous number of bathroom breaks, extreme fatigue, dry mouth, and extreme weight loss (as you can see from my skeletor picture below).
My mom instantly thought I had T1D, but I was in total disagreement.
I went to the doctors anyways and wouldn’t you know, mom was right.
My blood sugars for those first few years were far from desirable. My A1C was constantly in the mid to high 7’s and my blood sugar seemed to act erratically with no rhyme or reason.
One week I was doing great, the next I couldn’t stay below 200mg/dL.
I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting better control.
I was doing exactly what my endocrinologist was telling me to do, but it wasn’t working. And surprisingly, my endo was happy with my numbers because my A1c was in the 7’s, which was an acceptable range for someone with T1D.
But I needed more stability in my numbers and I refused to accept that this was just what having type 1 diabetes looked like.
It took me years, and a lot of trial and error, but…
I was finally able to figure it out!
I now maintain an A1c in the 5’s, have fewer & less severe lows than when my A1c was in the 7’s, and my CGM looks more like a smooth wave instead of a pingpong match (or the silhouette of a mountain range 😅).