Hello everyone! My name is Isabella, and I am a senior at the University of Georgia with type one diabetes. Unlike a lot of people with T1d I was diagnosed when I was 19 years old, which was really scary because this meant I had to completely change how I lived my life. At first it was really hard. But I eventually settled into my new life. This was thanks to my family and friends who have supported me every day. My grandmother had diabetes, so having a mom who knew how to deal with lows and highs made things slightly easier. If there is something my diabetes has taught me it’s that this disease shouldn’t define my outlook on life. I know that T1 can be hard to manage sometimes, but I think that working every day to be more confident about living with the disease makes things better.
Being in college can be stressful, and having diabetes can be stressful, but putting those together can make things a little crazy. Especially when you want to be a doctor, like me! Like I said, I take everything one day at a time, and I do this by balancing everything with doing things that I enjoy. I love playing the piano, playing tennis, and doing yoga. Apart from my hobbies, something that I love to do is working with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind to raise puppies into working guide dogs. My first dog, Kepler, is now a working guide dog, and I couldn’t be prouder of her.
I’m really excited to be working with Penpals United to lend a supporting hand to other T1s. We all need to support one another, and I hope to help as many people as I can by staying positive and confident with my blog!
Hello everyone! My name is Isabella, and I am a senior at the University of Georgia with type one diabetes. I was diagnosed at the age of 19, but don't let diabetes define me. Currently, I volunteer with the Guide Dog Foundation to train puppies to be working guide dogs. I am so excited to be a mentor with Penpals United!