Pip Pack Member - Tamela
Please share a story that comes to mind that portrays your personal experience and journey with diabetes (age of diagnosis, playing on a sports team, managing lows while traveling, etc.)
I was diagnosed with Type 2 in my early 50s.. I have had some ups and down in my blood sugar control. I think for me the biggest challenge with this disease is that I feel fine. I haven’t had any noticeable physical problems related to my diabetes. But I have friends and acquaintances who do - neuropathy in their feet, diminished eyesight, etc. My doctor told me that once these issues come up then it’s nearly impossible to get rid of them. I think I easily become complacent about what I eat and about checking my blood sugar because I don’t “feel sick.”
How has Pip contributed to your diabetes journey and what makes you excited about joining the Pip Pack?
Before I started using Pip Lancets, I often avoided checking my blood sugar because I hated using the spring activated sharps or “pricking myself.” I found it painful, I bled a lot, and it made my fingertips sore. Since finding Pips, I keep up with testing. They are virtually pain free, I bleed just enough, and my fingertips don’t get sore. They’re also so neat and easy to use, as well as easy to take along when traveling.
What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?
That I need to be vigilant and not get complacent about diet & nutrition, exercise, and regular testing. I don’t want to wait to be serious about my health till it is too late. I want to stick around to enjoy my retirement and my family.