Luckily for Courtney, that above statement is 100% true for Broche! Courtney was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic only two years before she met Broche, so the T1D lifestyle was pretty new to both of us. We knew it was true love when the first gift Broche ever gave Courtney, only three days after they first met, was a new bag for holding Courtney’s diabetic supplies.
Broche has a good friend who has Lyme Disease, another autoimmune disorder, and Broche believes that spending over a decade being part of her friend’s emotional support system gave her a good foundation for what living with a T1D is like. Plus, Broche’s got her own health issues that result in special food needs and occasional sick days (mostly because she has the luxury of not always paying attention to her special food needs), and so hooking her life to a T1D’s life never gave her pause for a moment. Other than that hideous first bag holding the diabetic supplies. Courtney really needed a different bag (that story will be told in a different blog post – stay tuned!).
While we do what we have to do to accommodate Courtney’s T1D needs, we’ve never let it hold our relationship or our lives back in any way. It’s been a non-issue from the start, and that’s the way we mean to continue. In fact, doing this JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes has brought us closer together, as it’s given Broche an outlet for being part of the diabetes journey in ways other than buying diabetes-specific cookbooks and over-worrying when Courtney’s away from home (she’s a bit of a worrywort).
Hug the T1D in your life today, if you can, and if you can’t, send them lots of love via text, email, phone, social media, wherever. These adorable diabetes Valentines can help. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to DONATE today to help us raise $11k for diabetes research during our JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Death Valley, CA this October 2018!