Why start now?

Starting this blog has been a thought of mine for the last 5 years, finally making its way on a to-do list 3 years later. And it stayed there. Up until this point my T1D was pretty much on a “need to know basis,” only sharing with doctors, family, closest friends or roommates. The thought of people thinking of me differently (heaven forbid pity me) wasn’t worth it. Although I kept it close, I always felt a tug to share my story to help others.

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This is my first day of kindergarten and about a month after I was diagnosed. Stylin’ in those socks and shoes.

So, why start now? Mostly because T1D doesn’t get easier. I found myself connecting with others through Twitter or reading blogs of people with stories just like mine. I was so inspired. I met my boyfriend (more on that later), now husband, and he encouraged me almost every day to share my story and start this blog.  It was pretty hard to ignore after awhile. Through our relationship, T1D has brought us closer, and he even recently started his own blog, http://teststripseverywhere.com/.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Now excuse me while I cross off on my to-do list, “Start blog.” (!!)


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  1. I am so stinkin proud of you! I know how hard it is to make yourself vulnerable and to put yourself out there. I have no doubt your story (and gift for telling it!) will touch many. Love you so much and thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m so stinking proud of you! And loving the name 🙂 I know how hard you’ve worked and I can’t wait to see more. Love you!

    PS-I’m having technical difficulties so forgive me if I’ve double commented. ? Just so excited for you!

  3. Thanks so much Krissy!! You have been a major supporter as well…expect to see your name in a future story/blog and maybe even be a guest blogger in the future!? 😉 Love you!!

  4. You are a class act, Lauren. Thank you for the honor of being included in your blog. Thank you for starting this blog as it will give us insight to understanding T1D. Appreciate and respect you for opening up your daily life to share with us. We love you and Will! Looking forward reading both blogs!

    1. Thanks so much Jackie! Yes, it definitely wasn’t easy to open up this much about my t1d but I have been overwhelmed by the encouragement once I did. Thank you for following along and it was great to see you last week cousin!

    1. Thank you, Kim! That means a lot coming from the original blogger in the family! Love and miss you guys.

  5. Just a few short months ago someone I admire said, “You can choose to keep your story for yourself or you can share it and help people.” I’m glad you chose the later. No doubt you will touch many lives.

    1. Thank you mom! It’s your story too! Get ready to guest blog or be featured soon 🙂

  6. Lauren, this is so wonderful! I love Will’s page too. Although I haven’t seen you in awhile, it’s great to continue to learn more about you and to see how your positivity can help others who might struggle with their diagnosis. Cheers to you both!

    1. V — thank you so much! It was definitely a leap of faith to start both of our blogs but I’m so glad we did. Thank you for following along…would love to get together with you and catch up!

  7. This is fantastic Lauren. Brooke was 5 when she was diagnosed and your right…. T1D does help make you who you are, a fighter, tougher than you know and determined to ensure it doesn’t stop your dreams. I love this! So proud to know you!

    1. Deb, so true!! I can tell Brooke is a fighter and what’s amazing about t1d is it not only makes you a fighter, but compassionate toward others and their struggles. Can we please all meet the next time I’m in STL!?

  8. Dearest Lauren,

    What amazes me is that you never complained! You have always been thoughtful, reflective, and encouraging. Not to mention, just plain fun!

    Aunt Kip