My anniversary with my insulin pump was this past week. I used this time to reflect on my diagnosis and the progress I’ve made in thriving with diabetes. My insulin pump is a big a part of this journey and so I’d like to talk about how and why it is so important to me.
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My pump removed my leash to my needles and constant ties to eating on a 2 hour block.
My pump gave me the freedom to live a relatively normal life. I can eat within reasonable times.
It granted me freedom from constant needle pokes each time I put something in my mouth.
My insulin pump gave me the confidence to learn the needs of my body and allow me to customize my insulin needs to my current state, which could be impacted by oral surgery, illness, stress, hormone cycles and travel.
My insulin pump gave me the confidence that I had some means of control over this diabetes monster. It may drive me mad most days but I had a tool that fit my needs.
Do I hate diabetes? Yes. Do I wish it away? Yes. But there are bigger burdens and crosses to bear.
So, as long as I need insulin, I am grateful for my insulin pump.