I have college on the mind these days, as my oldest daughter is filling out applications (yikes!)
So I’m very happy to introduce Michelle Rosolie, who was diagnosed with type 1 in January 2007 and now, on the heels of graduating from college, is going through that school-to-real life transition. This 20-something in New York City certainly hasn’t let her diagnosis serve as a limitation, as she’s hiked the foothills of the Himalayas in India and prowled swamps in the Amazon Rainforest in search of anacondas.
She connected with the fabulous College Diabetes Network while in school, and joins a growing number of young PWDs (people with diabetes) who are sharing more of their D-worlds during their college and post-graduate years, writing blogs and just generally being plugged in to the Diabetes Online Community (DOC).
With that, we’ll let Michelle share her perspective — and some practical tips! — on moving through these stages of young adult life:
A Guest Post by Michelle Rosolie
Hi! I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes halfway through my sophomore year of high school. It was pretty textbook, in that I had all of the usual symptoms (of which I then Googled, which led to a self-diagnosis via WebMD). After a few days in the hospital I transitioned to managing my diabetes at home and at school.
Every day there were new tasks and challenges. It was honestly weeks before I started giving myself insulin injections. Oranges were my first practice targets, as I would practice filling syringes with water, flicking out the air bubbles, and injecting them into whole oranges (still squeamishly I might add). From oranges I graduated to my parents. Yup, my amazingly game and unflappable parents actually let me poke their arms with needles again and again, so I could get the hang of how to poke myself when the time came (if that’s not love, then I don’t know what is). Eventually. my parents were freed from their role as human pincushions, and I transitioned to giving insulin injections to myself. Around a year later I switched to the Omnipod insulin pump, and last August I also started on the Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor.
Enter the college years.
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