There I was, playing Bejewelled Blitz, relishing the fact that I’d finally beaten one of my friends, when up popped a notification from the Diabetes Facebook page asking if anyone was interested in blogging. I’m not sure if it was a ‘hypo’, a ‘hyper’ or the sheer exhileration of winning that made me do it, but here I am ‘blogging’!
I’m new to this whole blogging thing, but I felt like I would feel privileged just to talk about diabetes, as over the years I have come to accept it.
So My names chelsea I’m 18 years old and lived with Diabetes since I was 8 years old. I’ve had a lot of problems with my diabetes over the years (I will talk about this at a later date), but one thing I have learnt is that although there will be bad days with it, Diabetes shouldn’t control your life it should be part of you and your identity.
It’s all very well volunteering to write a blog – but sitting in front of a (very slow) computer screen and all of a sudden it’s a pretty daunting task. I suppose the thing to do in this first post is to share my story with you.
I am 56 years old and live in a rural area in Lancashire. I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes around 9 years ago. I didn’t consider myself particularly unfit or overweight (15 stones for a 5′ 10″ frame) and my lifestyle was no different or any more unhealthy than my friends. I’m a keen cook and we eat hardly any processed food and although I like a pint I tended to drink only socially – and to excess only about once a month.