About Me..and what do I know?

My name is Debb McHugh and I have been a Type I diabetic for 45 yrs now, since the age of 10.   I am posting this WebSite with the hopes of having other people, either newly diagnosed or not, learn it is not an unmanageable condition.  I started out in the days of glass syringes and stainless steel needles, urine dip sticks and what is now painfully obvious,  family doctors who knew little about it.

Unable to get health insurance due to my  “pre-existing” condition, I opted to go to a 2 yr nursing school to learn all I could and hopefully be treated by physicians where I was employed.  It worked.  Many years later,  attending 2 more years in physical therapy, learning how exercise and activity affected my sugar, I feel I have put a lot of this knowledge to good use in my life and would love to share;  I skydive, white water raft, hike, roller blade, zip line and still currently ride my own Harley. Of course these articles are through my experience and dealings with this condition and should always be discussed with your personal Health Care team.

This site is to encourage not only the newly diagnosed but also those who have been existing (not living) with diabetes to participate in life despite having it,  not to be idle and put your health in the hands of  unqualified people who “are looking out” for your best interest because guess what, we all have horror stories, either personal or “someone who knew some who…”.   Careful monitoring (blood sugar readings), packing carbohydrate snacks at all times,  learning and listening to what your body is telling you, and following your healthcare professionals advise on meds, diet and nutrition will make it all work, and hopefully you can learn, and/ or share,  some helpful info from this site.

4 Responses to “About Me..and what do I know?”

  1. Robert Fernandez says:

    Deb, you have an incredible site! I look forward to checking it regularly. It also inspires me in my desire to help others through at least 2 books managing depression which has so many parallels with DM. I also have to manage my sobriety through education and a plan. Thank you also as one who fears developing type 2 as I run around taking care of others and not watching what I eat and exercise. I’m sure you’re going to help a lot of people. Best wishes, Bob

    • dmchugh says:

      Thanks so much Bob, please feel free to pass site around to pts. and people you know w/diabetes. Knowing your intense desire to help others, I know you will make the time to do it. I’ll be looking forward to reading those books…

  2. Jan Hayes says:

    I can’t think of a better person to have started this amazing website than Deb McHugh. I’ve know Deb for quite a while and some of the trials she has gone through with her diabetes. The insight presented here is to be trusted. Thank you Deb for taking the time to put this together for people with diabetes and their families.

  3. dmchugh says:

    Aawww, you’re making me blush. Thank you very much Jan, it means a lot coming from you. I’m glad your husband looked into it as well, considering he is the one affected. Hopefully it can bring some light on any questions he has, or even just a smile to his face.

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