Jessyka McCaulley: How to Live with Type 1 Diabetes


My name is Jessyka McCaulley and I have been living with Type 1 diabetes for almost 5 years now. My diaversary is July 11, which is also my wedding anniversary! I was diagnosed a little later in life, I was 23 at the time and didn’t have much education on diabetes. I thought it was for people who were older or out of shape. I grew up quick when I had to carb count, change my entire diet, and injection myself with needles (which I’m terrified of).

Being in and out of the hospital for the first couple of weeks of being diagnosed was a whirlwind of emotions for me. My parents never left my side but I still couldn’t help feel like I let them down. I have always been an independent person and love to do as much as I can with very little help. All of that changed when I found myself not understanding and needing help with my injections and low blood sugar moments. My husband was a newbie at diabetes too when we got together. I never knew how much I really knew until I had to explain symptoms to someone who had no idea what Type 1 diabetes was.

Diabetes has changed myself for the better. I am a strong more confident person because of it. I have come to understand my body and what it can and can not handle. I have my good and bad days with diabetes but I wake up everyday thinking of the positives in my life. Diabetes is always on my mind and if I can fight to stay alive every single day, I can do anything. Seeing the day in and day out decisions I have to make to maintain a healthy life style and healthy blood sugars will be something I have to live with everyday. I personally do not have a problem with living with diabetes and let me tell you why. God has a plan for all of us, He sets our lives up for things we never thought we could over come. You have to be positive and have a healthy mind set to over come something so powerful, we have to think out of normal mind set.

Always believe in yourself and don’t worry about others or how they are doing.. in today’s day and age we find ourselves comparing to others and we can’t get caught up in that. We have an invisible disease that we can manage!