About Me

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Hi. I’m Frank, and this is my blog about day to day life with type 1 diabetes.

I’m from Perth, Western Australia and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young adult in 2010 (you can read my diagnosis story here). I managed my diabetes on Multiple Daily Injections for six years, before taking a plunge into the world of insulin pumping in May 2016. 

I started this blog as a bit of a creative outlet to complement my studies in marketing and communications. I didn’t even think there were many diabetes blogs out there, let alone an active community of people sharing their stories online. Today, I know so much more about diabetes than I ever did before I started my blog. I am far more empowered and passionate about the condition that I live with, and I credit that to being a part of the diabetes community.

This blog has given me a voice. It’s helped me gain a great deal of confidence in my own diabetes, which I felt very alone with for quite some time. I love being able to pour my heart and my honest thoughts onto these pages. My dream is to write for a living someday. I guess, even today, this blog remains a glimmer of hope that one day I might find work more closely aligned to where my passions lie. 

Outside of diabetes, I love binge watching a good TV show. I enjoy music along the likes of Good Charlotte, The Fray or Snow Patrol. I enjoy the outdoors, so long as there’s no physical activity involved! I live for the cooler months of the year. I love technology. Put a plate of Pasta, a Coffee and a Cannoli in front of me, and I’ll be your best friend.

Thanks for reading, and I hope that you can relate to my stories in some way.

9 thoughts on “About Me

    1. No problem Tessa! I like your posts because they are honest and something I can relate too as well (particularly days where I’ve indulged in a load of carbs I shouldn’t have!) 🙂

    1. Best thing for me is that if we have coffees or spontaneous treats at work, I can give the insulin right away. Because I’m quite active in my job, the insulin is more sensitive and I need less of it. Trying to fine tune my insulin delivery around work has been tricky, and more days than not I’m checking my BGs every hour. It took me about six weeks of trial and error to get my background morning insulin right! But I never had that level of sophistication on injections, which I love. This post might be of interest to you:
      http://www.type1writes.com/2016/06/09/minimise-lows-minimise-lows/

  1. Hi Frank , I found this website by accident. Up very late because I have changed my infusion 3 times today because of a bent canula. Have to keep checking my blood until it comes down to where it should be..I can relate to everything you wrote. I am type one for a couple years,much older than you. Been on the Tslim tandem for 6 months and do love it and hate it. I love it when everything works but get crazy when it doesn’t . Thanks for your blogs. Its great to know I am not the only one.
    Bobbie from Arizona

  2. Frank, I saw your infusion set with the bent needle. we seem to use the same one. It’s just so upsetting when this happens. I have used others but like this one. What gets me is that the only way to know it’s bent is when your numbers skyrocket.
    Yesterday I had two in a row bend. My whole day was spent taking blood and being totally upset. I noticed a few times I at not pulling the inserter out straight but at a angle.
    Maybe I am not paying attention. Do u have any ideas why this happens? After all the tears I have to just say “”tomorrow is another day” Life is good.

    1. I hear you, Bobbie. I’ve recently switched to a different kind of infusion set that goes in on an angle, instead of straight in. It sits way more comfortably and I no longer get the bleeding or bent cannulas that I used to. I use an Animas pump, but I would assume the t-slim would have angled infusion sets to choose from as well. I’ll be writing a post about this soon, but I’m confident an angled infusion set will fix your issue. Thanks for reading and for your kind words!

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