My name is Jessica, I am 34 years old and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 31 years old. I live in a small city in Western Germany together with my awesome husband. I am part translator, part student on the path to change my career to something more fulfilling.

After the first shock of my diagnosis wore off, I started to look for blogs about people who live with Type 1 Diabetes. The doctors and nurses at the hospital had told me anything between “now you have to give up your old live completely” and “life with diabetes can be manageable”, so I wanted to see for myself how life with diabetes actually looks like. I wanted to see and read from people who have to live with this condition first hand.

What I found gave me more hope than any doctor could have given me: I found an amazing community who live life beyond what doctors told them was possible. I found people who travel and people who do sports and people who are mothers and business professionals who, like me, love to eat exotic food and new experiences and who don’t let diabetes take over.

Inspired by all this positivity, I started an Instagram account, but I noticed that most of the time the text I wrote underneath the picture was longer than the picture itself. I noticed that I find writing very cathartic and so I decided that I needed a blog.

So, yeah, this blog is about my experiences of living with type 1 diabetes. I’m not a health professional so please don’t consider what I write as anything other than my own story. Always consult with your doctor before you make any changes to anything in your diabetes management

If I’m writing about diabetes-specific experiences, it is not intended as medical advice for you to consider following (see disclaimer).