I find myself in the curious position of being the spouse of a person with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), a mother, a registered dietitian (RD) and a certified diabetes educator (CDE).
Since I was about 20 years old, I have loved a person with diabetes. Since marrying that person 7-ish years ago, I have lived with a person with diabetes. At work, I counsel patients with diabetes. For not having diabetes, there is a lot of diabetes in my life.
The point of this space is to recognize, accept, and share the ways in which this chronic disease affects Kevin’s life.
And our love.
And our fights.
And our daughter’s life.
And the way we eat dinner together.
And the noises that our phones make.
Oh and the way we go for walks.
And also the way we travel, the way I feel when we’re apart, and the way that Kevin drives sometimes…
T1D affects everything. You probably don’t realize this unless you are living it, too. If you are living it like me- not as the person with T1D but the person who loves or supports someone with T1D- and are anything like me, maybe you need a space to get it all out. To be mad about it; to be grateful; to be annoyed; to be happy; to be tired; to be hopeful; to be sad. To be whatever it is that you are, and share it if you’d like.
I am happy to readily disclaim that a lot of what I write and share here will be about T1D, but it won’t all be. Since most of the education and counseling I do professionally pertains to Type 2 Diabetes, I’ll write about that, too. I love mindful eating and movement and the human spirit and am fascinated by the way these and so many other things intersect to affect how we as human beings take care of ourselves and each other. I will share my thought and word about life, love, health, and anything else that needs to come out of this mind and onto the page.
Thank you for visiting the site!
Caitlin Troklus, MS, RD, LD, CDE is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, health coach, Pilates Instructor, and spouse of a person with T1D. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and daughter.