Life with Type 1 Diabetes

Hi, you’re watching the first episode of
“Between Two Lines” our YouTube channel It’s going to be devoted to Type 1 Diabetes.
My name is Levi. I’m going to use each episode to talk about a variety of
topics that pertain to life as a diabetic, and that battle in which you’re
trying to keep your blood sugar between that high line and that low line. I’m a
real-world diabetic, meaning I struggle with it daily. I am NOT a poster child
for diabetes, however, I’ve had some victories and I’ve had a lot of failure
and I’d like to help others maybe capitalize on some of the things that
I’ve found success with and avoid a lot of the pitfalls, So, if you’ve been
diabetic for two days, 50 years, or you just know a diabetic, I invite you to
click subscribe so you’ll see when the videos are coming out and I’m certain
that your relationship or your experience with diabetes will benefit
from it. So, today let’s talk about what you can expect from me, from the channel,
some of the topics we’ll cover, and then I’ll leave you with some food for
thought and we’ll call it a day. There’s a chance that perhaps I have a unique
perspective when it comes to diabetes – probably not, but I was diagnosed when I
was 15 so I remember vividly life without diabetes. My entire childhood I
didn’t have diabetes and then in a very formative age of 15, I was introduced to
this world and it was a bad time to become a diabetic as a 15 year old boy.
In my mind, in my naive mind, at 15 years old diabetes was was for losers. That did
not compute. They had all their little tubes and they had their injections and
they’re testing their blood sugar and always talking about it. Carrying a black bag
around everywhere. I wanted nothing to do with that. But I was wrong. I was very
wrong it, and it took me a long time to realize it, but we’re not fragile. That stigma may
be there but you’re only limited by what you’re willing to do. I hid it as
much as possible I hid that. I was diabetic for a decade maybe even
more. There’s people that as I share this video will watch it and know me by first
name basis and not realize that I that I am a diabetic.
So, this is cringe-worthy for me but I see the value in it and I think
it’s worth doing. I’ll talk a lot about sports and diabetes I’ve. I played baseball
my entire life at a pretty high level throughout college as a diabetic. Ten, fifteen hours away from home a lot of times. I handled it. You can do it
absolutely can do it and so if you’ve got a child that’s discouraged you know
because I get it you know a young child – that’s kind of how this came
to fruition is multiple times someone’s had a child that got diagnosed and then
somehow found out I was a diabetic and were like, “Hey, would you talk to my son? or
daughter?” and then that’s kind of how this started is I realized that I may be
able to help other people realize that their life’s not over. You’re not a freak. In fact I’ve learned that diabetes doesn’t limit you from anything. There’s
nothing I wanted to do that I couldn’t do because I was a diabetic… I guess
there are things you can’t do, but nothing that I ever wanted to do – snowboarding,
playing sports, traveling you can do it leaving the country you’re not limited
the way you feel you are when you first get diagnosed with diabetes.
So, I invite you to have your young child subscribe and watch this and then if
you’re the parent it should provide some insight on what they’re going through.
You know, I remember it. I wasn’t five years old. I was 15. So I can remember. I
remember what it feels like. I’ll review and demonstrate equipment on here, by the way
as well, I’ve got a pump two years ago. It took me 10 years to finally pony up and
do it, and I’ll provide my review on the brand I selected, and why. The continuous
glucose monitor – which one I selected, and why. Then allow you to kind of make a
decision for yourself. If you’re on the fence, absolutely, I would subscribe. I’ll
talk about that and my reasons for finally doing it and then the first six
months of it, and the first two years of it. Is it worthwhile? Is it a pain in the
rear? Is it as big of a pain in the rear as someone who doesn’t
have a pump would suspect that it is? Then, how it impacted my numbers and and
how I feel about it now. So we’ll go into detail on that. If you have questions, things you’d like
to hear me talk about, put them in the comments. I absolutely will address them
I’m not a famous person, so if you put them in the comments I will see them, I
will read them, and it will be a topic that I will cover. The thing I’d like to
leave you with today is to consider that diabetes is like the transmission on
your car. If your transmission went out and it was replaced with a
stick-shift see I -and your body is the car obviously, so I’ve been driving this
car for 15 years before the transmission went out and is replaced with a stick
shift and now I had to shift the gears. I had to consci- every moment you’re in
the car you have to think about what gear you’re in and shift to the right
gear. I tried ignoring it. It doesn’t work that way. Cars don’t work that way.
It’s bad for it, reduces the lifespan, the engines working harder, it’s running
hotter. You’re actually working harder to go slower because you not
shifting into the next gear – just revving up. The same effect is being had on your
body when you don’t take care of your diabetes. So if you are a diabetic, know
that if you will just take the time to shift the gears and put the work in,
you’re absolutely capable of anything that anyone else does. Same thing
with the stick shift. The car is worthless to somebody who can’t drive
stick but once you know how to drive stick, is as good as any other car out
there take you exactly where you want to go. And that’s diabetes. So, thank you for
watching. I’m very interested to to take this further and I will – I travel a lot
for work so I shouldn’t always be at my desk. I’ll try to find some neat
locations to do the future videos and and I look forward to it. Thank you. This
is Levi on “Between Two Lines” and good luck keeping it between the lines. you

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