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School & T1D

September 2nd, 2019

Tomorrow marks my first day of Junior year. Since it is such a big year for me and I am taking some harder classes, I am writing a few posts in advanced but will still be keeping updates on my Instagram and I will be posting current events on here as well.

Today I wanted to talk about how school is while having T1D.

I have heard stories about how diabetics hate their schools nurses and they don’t feel comfortable going to the nurse because they don’t have a good relationship with them. For me, that’s the complete opposite. My nurse (I am not going to say her name for privacy reasons) is so nice. She always looks out for me and she loves when I come in to see her. I actually go out of my way to find myself down there just to talk to her.

This year is going to be a bit different for me because every other day I don’t have off so I am still trying to figure out when I will be able to go down to see her and tell her my blood sugar, but I will figure that out. On the days where I do have off, I have off twice. That isn’t my favorite thing because the other days I don’t have anything so I’m not even sure when I will be able to eat and keep my sugars stable. It’s all going to take time to get used to especially since I am used to having off everyday. Once I get the hang of it, I won’t even realize that it’s different so it will all be ok.

For everyone who is also starting school or has already started, I wish you all the best of luck. Have a great school year! Happy Fall!

Make sure you stay up to date on my Instagram @meandmylifewithdiabetes!

The Best Surprise!!

August 16, 2019

On August 15th, 2019 I got the best surprise of my life.

My mom and I were driving into the city to fill out papers for FIT so I could take some more classes during the school year. I was very excited because I took a precollege workshop there in the beginning of the summer and loved it so much. We were driving in this time as opposed to taking the train which we had done the week of the workshop.

We left the house and we quickly dropped off a bag of clothes to be donated and then we were off to FIT. My best friend from England, Jess, who is also my pen pal hadn’t answered my Snapchats in almost two days and she had turned her location off so I thought maybe she was upset with me but I wasn’t sure why. Jess finally texted me and asked when we were leaving and I told her we had just left and we should be to FIT around 10:15. I didn’t think much of it except that maybe she lost her phone or it broke or something.

As we were getting closer and closer to the city, the time of our arrival was getting closer and closer. We were getting there at 10am instead of 10:15 so I was even more excited than I already was.

When we finally got out of the long tunnel we went down the street a little and my mom told me to people watch (I love doing that haha). I noticed we had gone around the same block a few times and then she pointed and said “Look! There’s Suzanne!” Suzanne was her friend from childhood who she said was visiting the city this weekend (Currently, I am still not sure if she is or isn’t lol). She parked the car and told me to run across the street to say hi so I did just that. When I got to the door it was not at all Suzanne but Jess, my best friend, and Tracy her mom. Jess gave me the biggest hug and so did Tracy!

I met Jess’ aunt and uncle who helped them plan this trip to surprise me. As I was hugging Jess I looked at the doorman and he said “awe that’s so cute” which makes me laugh. I am so grateful that they all did that for me. It means so much that Jess and Tracy would travel from England and John and Anne-Marie from Singapore!!!

It has been a very busy summer and school is starting soon. I have had many low blood sugars but I am going back to the doctor soon and she will make adjustments! Keep up with me on my Instagram @meandmylifewithdiabetes!

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Long Time No See

June 23, 2019

Hey everyone!

So sorry I haven’t posted lately. Everything has been so busy recently and I haven’t gotten the chance to take five minutes for myself. Final exams are finally over and now it is Summer so that means I can finally get back to doing all of this!

I have a whole book full of ideas that I want to work on this Summer for all of you. Make sure you are staying up to date on my Instagram because that is where I will post first about anything exciting happening. I will also be working on my Facebook page for any of you that don’t do that whole Instagram thing, haha.

Get ready for a Summer full of fun and new things. Follow my Instagram @meandmylifewithdiabetes. Have a great week!!

“Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. You’re strong. You’ve got this.”

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The Moment I Have Been Waiting For

April 18, 2019

Today is the day that I have waited for since the day I first spoke with Jess. If you don’t know Jess, she is my pen pal that lives in the UK. We got paired up almost three years ago and she DM’d me on Instagram asking if I was the real Meghan Penske. lol. Ever since that day, I knew I wanted to go to England to meet her.

Instead of having a Sweet Sixteen party, I will be traveling with my mom to England. We will first be visiting Jess and then we will be traveling down to London. The trip is a week in total and let’s not forget a complete dream come true.

There will be tons of pictures and videos. If you want to see some of them, check out my Instagram: @meandmylifewithdiabetes. I will also be creating a Highlight once I return so you can see them all the time! There will also possibly be a video of my whole trip; so look out for that.

As for my March Cleanse Challenge…I filmed and edited for countless hours. As I went to upload, a bunch of my content was erased. I have been trying to get it back but now I am having problems with my computer; saying I cannot upload because I have no space. I have plenty of space on my computer but I’m not going to worry about it too much. I got a suggestion to use IGTV and I looked into it. I think I may use that if I can’t upload my video through YouTube. I will absolutely update you all either way!

While in England, Jess and I will be filming a “Best Friend Tag”, where we ask each other questions and see how much we know about each other. There will also be a montage of England.

I am very excited to have an assignment over break. I know, not common for someone to want homework over a week and a half break but, in Italian class, we were assigned to bring a Flat Stanley with us wherever we go. We got to choose an Italian name for them and I chose Matteo for mine. I am so excited to bring him along.

Remember to stay up to date on my Instagram where you can see EVERYTHING I am up to when I travel.

Happy Spring Break!

Birthdays and Diabetes

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!

Since I am now 15 years old, I do not have birthday parties anymore unless I am inviting a few of my friends over to hangout. But, for those who are younger, it may be hard to decide if that piece of cake is worth the high sugars that may come later.

Us diabetics already feel different, so one piece of cake is worth the high. We want to be treated the way everyone else is treated. It is not like we are going to be eating cake every single day. Its a once and a while thing.

Here are some suggestions for parents from nbdiabetes.org :Screen Shot 2018-04-25 at 9.34.54 PM

Also, it is good to know how many carbs are in different types of cake. So, from nbdiabetes.org as well, here are some cake types, serving sizes, and carb counts.

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I hope you enjoy! I cannot believe I am already 15. Check my instagram story for updates throughout the day! @meandmylifewithdiabetes

Fundraising For A Cure

For my birthday this year, I have chosen to raise money for Beyond Type 1. I recently wrote about Beyond Type 1 so if you don’t know what it is, check it out!!

My goal is $500 by May 15th. It starts NOW and there is a little over two weeks to reach this goal. Any amount would mean a lot.

Beyond Type 1 means a lot to me because it has shown me that I am not alone. I have met so many people from this community and I want to help others meet people as well!!

Please Donate Here!  It would mean so much to reach this goal for my 15th birthday. Any questions, please feel free to message me on Facebook or on Instagram @meandmylifewithdiabetes.