I have been a person who has had diabetes for 50 years which will be coming up within the next two months. Some basic info about diabetes before I continue on with my story/history about me.
Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy or “gives them fuel” to keep the body functioning properly.
Now, at the age of 17, I was diagnosed with a disease called Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1, insulin dependent person with diabetes in 1964. I did not know about it, cared about it or did not want to know how to take care of my chronic disease which, as I had learn, would affect me for the rest of my life. What really affected me was not being able to eat the treats and junk foods that was part of my teen years and early adult life-style eating habits. Little did I know that sugar was included with other healthy food products.
After many years of denial, lost time working at my job and getting sick all the time, I finally came to the realization that I needed to take care and feel good about myself.
With the help from dieticians, nurses and doctors, I was then able to increase and use that knowledge for my own diabetes self-care management plan. One and big part of this plan was managing the amount, type and time of foods to be eaten on a daily basis while monitoring my blood sugars.
Even though I had a hard climb up the diabetes mountain, I was motivated to become a nurse(28 years), member of American Diabetes Association promoting Diabetes Awareness to the public and Certified Diabetes Educator.
Although the years have pasted and I am now retired, I still have that motivation and insight to pursue my secret desire. To have a place where I can pick out foods, mixes, treats and other goodies without having to search up and down aisles trying to find what I wanted to eat. This is where my desire turned into an idea. The idea turned into reality when I started out planning an idea that would included everyone who had dietary food restrictions or allergies that could find their specialty foods and treats in one place. So, the journey begins.