Diabetes Story: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
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Diabetes Story: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Who this story is about?
Her name is Madelon. She lives in a little village in The Netherlands. Madelon is 27 years old, working in an insurance company. She a step-mother to 3 kids. She loves long walks and relaxing evenings at home. Madelon was kind enough to share her diabetes story with us.
First Diabetes Experience
Dianurse: For how long do you suffer from diabetes? Madelon: I was diagnosed with diabetes on 27 January 2017.
Dianurse: How did you realize it? How did you start your diabetes journey? Madelon: I went to my doctor because I was always tired, if I had diner I could sleep after. If I had breakfast I could sleep after. If your working you can not sleep 🙈🙈 The doctor wanted me to check my blood. In the Netherlands, your blood test would normally take a week. But after 1,5 hours after I got a call from the doctor. They thought it was diabetes. I went to the hospital with my co-worker/friend and called my boyfriend. After a lot of tests, I got the diagnose of diabetes type 2. The day after I got a call from my doctor that she got a second opinion. I had definitely type 1 and needed insulin asap. So, I went to the hospital and got everything I needed.
Dianurse: Did you know what diabetes was and how to act with it? Madelon: No. I did not know what exactly diabetes was and what to do.
About biggest fears …
Dianurse: What were your biggest fears at that time? Madelon: Get the needle in my skin every time. That was very difficult for me. Plus the fact that I will have diabetes for the rest of my life.
How To Manage Diabetes
Dianurse: What’s the best way to manage diabetes, based on your experience? Madelon: Try to stay positive. My motto is: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Accept what is happening and act to it.
Dianurse: Tell us more about your lifestyle, diet, and fitness/sport activities? Madelon: I don’t participate in a particular lifestyle. I do what I think it is good for me/works for me. Yes, I think sport is good for you and I want to do that. Lately, I think about swimming. Most of all, I do what life gives me. I work, have fun with my friends and I care for the kids of my boyfriend. (3 kids, 1 girl 8 years old and twin boys 6 years old).
Dianurse: What is your favorite dish and why? Madelon: I love pancakes.
Dianurse: What would be the best/most effective way to keep your blood sugar in the healthy range, again based on your experience? Madelon: That is a very hard question. It depends on so many factors. Every day is different even if I eat the exact same things. Body, mental, period, or not, everything.
About diabetes and technology
Dianurse: Technology is rapidly penetrating healthcare. There are literally thousands of apps capable to track vital signs of humans, or simply data loggers ( carbs, blood glucose, etc.). What would be the added value of these technology advances for diabetics? How technology can help diabetics to effectively control their diabetes? Madelon: I’m from the Netherlands and use an app that’s called de eetmeter. It calculates the carbohydrates in the grams that I eat.. Almost everything that I eat is in the app. I would like an app that can do both – count the carbohydrates and my insulin needs.
Dianurse: What do you think about the constant connectivity that tele-health app brings to both diabetics and healthcare providers? Madelon: I do not have experience with this. So I can not judge this.
Dianurse: How can you inspire others to take better care of themselves and their diabetes? Madelon: Be who you want to be, not what others want you to be. You are as good as the way you are. I’ll take every day as it comes. No day is the same. I am who I am.
Monica is a marketing maanger at Dianurse and a blogger.