Meet Jake

Hi, my name is Jake and this is my perspective on my Type 1 Diabetes. First off, to clear any confusion, Type 1 is NOT like Type 2. I think what irritates me most about my diabetes and my social life is when people think Type 1 is like Type 2 Diabetes. Type 1 happens when the beta cells attack and kill your pancreas for an unknown reason. Type 2 comes from bad dieting or genetics. I can eat whatever I want (although my Mom does a good job at keeping me on track and making sure I’m eating healthy) as long as I do insulin with my food.

Another thing that I don’t like about T1D is when I’m sleeping and I have to wake up to check my sugar, do insulin, or check ketones. While this is super irritating, it’s actually not the worst thing about Type 1 Diabetes. The worst thing, in my opinion, is when I get ketones. Ketones are produced when your body doesn’t have enough insulin so it starts breaking down anything it can to get energy. Ketones are much worse on your body than low blood sugar. If left untreated, ketones can cause you to go into DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) which is very serious. Whenever I get ketones, I start to feel unending nausea, tired, worn out and lethargic and it takes me the rest of the day usually to start feeling like myself again.

Another tiny dislike when it comes to Type 1 Diabetes is when I am hanging out with friends, or playing sports, and my blood sugar drops. Having to stop and check my blood sugar in the middle of a game can complicate sports for me sometimes.

So as you can see, there are plenty of things that I dislike about my Type 1 Diabetes … but there are some things I like about it.

Sometimes I feel like my diabetes has made me stronger. Through all the struggles and obstacles I’ve faced, I definitely feel as if I’ve been a trooper, through praise from my family and friends. Sometimes I feel unique. Even though Type 1 Diabetes is a disease, I still feel unique and different, which is something I’m proud of. Type 1 Diabetes may be my life now, but it doesn’t have to be all bad!

Overall, I feel like Type 1 Diabetes has made me stronger as a person, even though my family and I do face struggles with it. I hope to someday become an Endocrinologist so I can help kids such as myself work through the struggles it brings. I hope anyone reading this can relate and I hope my insight sheds some light on Type 1 Diabetes and helps other kids with Type 1 Diabetes feel like someone else is sharing their struggle. Please believe me when I say… you’re not alone!