My name is Bethany Rose. I’m in my early 30s and I have had diabetes since I was three years old (1981). I have had many years of less-than-ideal control over my diabetes, but something clicked for me about five years ago and I have been in pretty tight control ever since then. (Not “non-diabetic” tight, but still tight.) I’ve been pumping (Minimed Paradigm 522) since 2007, and using the continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) since 2008. In 2007 I developed proliferative retinopathy and have had many laser treatments since then which stabilized the proliferation. The exception to this was during my recent pregnancy when my left eye also experienced a retinal haemorrhage that is still leaking off and on today.
My first child, a daughter, was born in May 2009, and I’m currently pregnant with Baby #2, so the challenges of being both diabetic and pregnant are pretty fresh in my mind! I live with my husband, my daughter and my dog (a rowdy black lab) in a house in a quiet neighbourhood. By day I’m an accountant (I admit it, I like numbers – nerd alert!), but I love to write…hence this blog! I also dabble in photography – emphasis on the word “dabble”.
This blog is about me and my life with Type 1 Diabetes (aka “D”). Since my life doesn’t revolve around diabetes, sometimes the posts will be more about the “Me” than the “D”, but since this is a diabetes blog, after all, you’ll see plenty of D-related content. It’s Me….With D!
For more details about my experience with prengnacy and diabetes, check out Life as a Pregnant Diabetic!
Finally, I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave me comments or drop me a line at mewithd (at) gmail (dot) com!