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Reflections From a Type 1: Simple Knowledge, Simple Changes, Big Strides Forward

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Diabetes is something that you have to learn to deal with.  There is no easy answer on how to do that.  There is no easy way to live a “normal” life.  However, it is not something that has to hold you back.  Here are some bits of knowledge that I have learned over the 23 years of having Type 1.  Always look to improve and don’t focus on all of the bad.  You can’t always be perfect so try to focus on what can be improved rather than focusing on what you did or just the negatives.  Find that one person that you can just talk to, even if they aren’t type 1.  Whether it’s a best friend, parent, or fellow Type 1, that support is incredible when it comes to working through all of the downsides of daily life with Type 1.  You don’t have to do it alone!  There are people out there who have almost certainly been through what you are going through and are absolutely available to answer any questions you may have.  Don’t let the disease control you or your life.  You may not be “normal”, but you definitely have the power to feel normal while living with diabetes.  It’s not easy but you can always find a silver lining in every situation.  Whether that be figuring out why you had a high or low, there is knowledge to be found and used going forward.  Don’t let past mistakes hold you back from moving forward.  You can learn a lot from previous experiences, but at the same time you shouldn’t be stuck in those past experiences.  If there is one thing that I have learned it’s that being positive, even in the slightest, will make a huge difference.  This is no simple thing to just turn on in your brain. that so taking small steps is the best way to become more positive.  You don’t even have to start with Diabetes related things.  It could be as simple as smiling at someone today and from there you can take little steps forward.  It could also be as simple as testing your blood sugar 1 extra time a day.  It all depends on your situation, but it is absolutely doable!  All in all, there is no one solution that works for everyone, especially Type 1’s, but there is always something that can be done.  The best thing that has happened to me and my diabetes has been DYS and camp because it opened me to so many more experiences that have helped me to develop into the person I have become today.
Feel free to reach out to me at my cell number by text or call at 419-206-1676 or by email at bjohnson12711@gmail.com
Brian has been a Type 1 Diabetic for 23 years. He first got involved with DYS as a camper at Big Shots for many years. He then became a counselor for 8 years and has been a great mentor and leader for many young children managing Type 1 Diabetes. 

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