Dating Diabetes 1 Year

Yesterday was David and my first anniversary 🙂 We’ve had an amazing first year together, it has been filled with many new experiences, some struggles and a lot of learning. It has been full of ups and downs (most of the downs caused or largely impacted by diabetes).

Today I want to celebrate the fact that diabetes has not broken us, we have and are continuing to beat it. I also want to share with you all some of the things we have found hard about it, learnt about it and what we would recommend others in the same boat do.

What are the biggest things that you have learnt about diabetes in the last year?

David-The mechanics behind the condition, biochemistry and so forth, given that I’m a biologist, it’s interesting to look deeper into how things work like that.

Hope-That diabetes really does affect every single aspect of your life but it is largely up to you if you let it drag you under or push through.

What has been the biggest challenge about dating someone with diabetes?

David-The biggest challenge really is staying on your toes about it, and staying optimistic and positive when your other half is absolutely done with this diabetes malarkey.

Hope-Letting someone in to see what really goes on with diabetes, to see just how it affects everything and not be humiliated or embarrassed at the results. Accepting that you may need help from that person at times, allowing them to give that help and accepting it with good grace even when you wish you didn’t need it.

What is some advice that you would give someone else dating someone with diabetes?

David-Keep two cans of coke accessible at all times, learn as much about it as you can, and don’t panic.

Hope-Be as open and honest as you can about T1D, have the hard conversations, ask the awkward questions and above all do not let it tarnish or control your love for that other person.

BeyondType1 is an amazing organization that is spreading positivity about T1D by featuring one person with T1D each day and explaining what it is that they do to live beyond T1D. This February is their 1st birthday and to celebrate they are doing a Who Do You Love February, were they are featuring one person each day of the month and showing who they love (someone who really supports them with their T1D kinda thing) David and I were lucky enough to be featured and it just so happened that we were featured yesterday on our anniversary! It was just perfect 💗

Here is my Regram of the post.

Thank you for the feature BeyondType1 👊🏻 you guys are incredible.

*regram from @beyondtype1 *

beyondtype1: From New Zealand come this Who Do You Love? from@hopie_duncs “When we are together he does all my pump site changes, wakes up at 0400 each morning to test my bloods and whenever I have bad hypos he sits with me and makes sure I do what is needed. He has encouraged me to blog and video about my diabetes to help others and helps me with this process. He is always researching new techniques about diabetes management and helping me review and reassess mine.”

I am so fortunate to have this incredible man in my life, he provides me with strength, guidance, friendship and support. I’ve never had better diabetes control or been happier 💗 Good T1D management takes teamwork, lots of it, so does life in general. Relationships are no different, over the past year I have been lucky enough to find an amazing teammate who makes me want to be and do the best I can in all areas of my life, especially in my T1D management. I really cannot thank him enough for the support and acceptance he shows with regards to my T1D. I really hope that everyone with T1D finds a better half like this. It takes work but it is really worth it 😉

X Hope