My name is Sysy Morales. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 16 years ago at the age of 11. My youngest sister, Ana was diagnosed at age 3 just a few months before me. I prayed for her diabetes to go away even if it meant that I would take it on. So you can imagine my delight when I began feeling the symptoms of diabetes while sitting in 6th grade science class. My little sister would be cured! Obviously, I soon realized she and I would both be stuck with type 1 diabetes.
I didn't do so well with my diabetes management for over 10 years. This led to a huge emotional burden and depression. These were not happy times.
Several years ago I began eating healthier, exercising more, and thinking more positively. With a little patience I lost weight, my cholesterol and blood pressure dropped to normal levels, and my A1c dropped to around 5% where it regularly stays.
All aspects of my life quickly improved. I got married and soon after became pregnant with twins. My really challenging pregnancy ended in success. I could hardly believe how far I had come and I attribute all of this to having improved my diabetes management and my attitude about living with this disease.
As soon as my children were born I decided to start my blog: http://thegirlsguidetodiabetes.com to share my journey with others.
I gave up my career to stay home with my son and daughter. Now I'm a freelance writer and health activist and I am passionate about advocating for people with diabetes.
I look forward to sharing with you here at HealthCentral and welcome any feedback.