In 2008, I started using the Omnipod Insulin Delivery System (Insulet). I was in heaven! It was the best thing slice bread. I loved the Omnipod! It was tubeless and made my life easier. This past summer, I received the new PDM and smaller pods. I was excited. However, the excitement did not last past a month or two. I had issues with pods failing, pods falling off and high blood glucose levels. Two weeks ago, I decided it was time to say good bye to using an insulin pump.
July 2012, I decided it was time to take the steps to make DSMA a non for profit. I knew the ideas and the vision I had for DSMA went way beyond social media. I wanted to help people affected by diabetes that do not have access to the internet or have access but refuse to use it for peer support.
I never thought a community of people (most of whom I have never met) could have such an impact on my heart and their lives touch me in a way that causes me to lose sleep trying to figure out ways to help or do more.
I did not choose this life or career-but for some reason it chose me. Even though it is a bit overwhelming at times, I know in my heart DCAF/DSMA is what I needed to do to give back to a community that has given me so much.