Life Lessons I’d Whisper To My Newly Diagnosed Self


Rolling into the second half of my 34th year of living with Type 1 diabetes, I can’t help but reflect on what has led me to my current state of T1D affairs. It wasn’t until meeting fellow Diabetes Daily Grind co-founder, Ryan, that I began talking about my life with the disease. This journey has brought on an incredible number of “ah-ha” moments, recognition of suppressed anger and “moving on” milestones. 

If I were sitting with a newly diagnosed adult or parent of a T1D kiddo, I would share the following life lessons:

  • There’s no one to blame. Take a deep breath. It does NO good to be angry with God, your parents, your ancestors, etc. – you have Type 1 diabetes and you get to choose to be angry or live life to the fullest.
  • Don’t be scared of technology
    • I stayed in my daily diabetes regimen since diagnosis for WAY too long because I feared technology and didn’t want to mess up my routine. Albert Einstein knew what he was talking about. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
  • Challenge your endocrinologist
    • Do your research and inquire as to their knowledge of the newest diabetes technology and medications (Dexcom, Afrezza, GoodGlucos, etc.).
  • NO shoulda, coulda, woulda! Be present and remember your current actions (diet, stress, attitude, etc.) absolutely effect your disease.
  • Your body is different. Don’t be ashamed to be honest with others as to what is going on with your diabetes… BUT don’t be a drama queen either.
    • If you’ve had a rough night with lows and aren’t feeling like yourself – it’s okay to say to your professor, boss or family member that you’re not feeling up to speed.

I feel confident these moments of clarity will continue to surface moving forward on my T1D journey. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – find your diabetes community, whatever that means, because every once in awhile you need to be reminded that you’re not alone.

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Amber Clour was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. 21 days after her eighth birthday, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital where she spent two weeks learning how to live life with Type 1 diabetes. She has embraced the thought of being a #walkingscienceproject and hopes to score an A+ for her efforts to maintain a stable BG while living life to the fullest - whatever that means.

4 thoughts on “Life Lessons I’d Whisper To My Newly Diagnosed Self

  1. I’m very grateful that I found this podcast about a month ago, it has indefinitely gave me insight. Thank you.

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