About Me

Hi! My name is Stephanie  and I was born on the 18th of May in Brooklyn, New York but I consider myself an island girl having lived in the Caribbean island of Barbados for most of my life. I guess you could say that I am like most young adults my age; I like to spend time with my friends, go to the beach, love to laugh but unlike most of people my age I have Type 1 Diabetes.

I was not born diabetic but developed it in March of 2004. It was after 3pm, school had just finished and I was walking out to meet my mom. I was barely able to keep my eyes open and my bag and shoes felt like they each weighted a ton. My mom took one look at me and said that I didn’t look right. A friend told her of a doctor who stayed opened late and my mom decided that I needed to see him. The doctor took one look at me and gave my a finger stick. The meter said “HI” which I thought was cute until I found out that “HI” was actually a bad thing and involved a word i only heard associated with old people – diabetes – and I had it!

From that moment everything changed. After getting over the initial shock of my diagnosis, I spent two weeks in hospital learning about diabetes and the tools I would need to manage it like testing my blood sugar, carbohydrate counting and taking insulin shots. I take multiple shots of insulin a day and I won’t lie and say that every day has been perfect. I have had my share of ups and downs, lows and highs but I continue to keep going on and I think that is the most important step – To Never Give Up.

2 responses to “About Me

  1. Michael Stuart

    Hi Stephanie, reading your glog has really opened my eyes to lots of things. I have been living with high cholesterol for years. I was once on medication, but I stopped taking it because of the side effects associated with it. I tried sticking to my diet, but like you, I wanted to be with the other men and eat and drink what they were using, Guess you could say that the train got away from me as well.

    Well the result was that my level went up sooooooooooooooooo high, that I nearly had a heart attack. I now try my best to keep as close as possible to my strict diet, (however at occassionally, I indulge myself a little) Now recently, I had a serious bout of acid reflux that almost took my life. More strict dietary rules.

    But I want to live to 100 or more so I have decided to heed the doctor’s orders. Si I feel your pain, it is not easy, the things we like to do and eat are the things that are killing us. While the foods which we are supposed to eat are sooooooo bland, my GOD. However, like you have the support of your mum, I have the support of my loving wife, even though I get her vex at times because I want to have my own way.

    Pray and keep the faith up.

  2. I am glad that my blog has the ability to inspire even those without diabetes. Each of us is on our own unique journey with many trials along the way. Just remember that the fact that you have fallen is not as important as being able to get back up after that fall. I hope you reach your goal of living to 100 and that it will find you happy, healthy and blessed. Thanks for reading my story and sharing yours.

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