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I'm a glass-half-full type 1 diabetic/celiac with a C5 spinal cord injury and life-altering allergies. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, grave's disease and celiac disease in 2010, a spinal cord injury resulting in a spinal cord fusion at the C5 level in 2012 (resulting in chronic pain and life-long physical restrictions) and bad ass allergies in 2013. I believe having a positive attitude is the only way to live with disease and injury. I also believe that life doesn't have to be PERFECT for it to be WONDERFUL. Disease and injuries are expensive, so I live a frugal yet full life (I'm a fru"GAL"!) Please know I am NOT any sort of professional and am not giving professional advice. This is just my blog; my day-to-day story.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Overbooked and loving it.

It's been a little while since I last posted. The holidays were fun and busy. In addition to the usual frenzy associated with the holidays, I also worked overtime for two weeks straight, which meant being at work an hour earlier in the morning, staying after work a little longer, and working weekends. It was all voluntary, and I ate up every opportunity since I've got medical bills I'm working really hard to pay off. Luckily for 2013, I put enough money in my FSA to cover my out-of-pocket expenses for medical and prescriptions. WHAT-- there's a chance this year that I might have a few spare dollars in my bank account???? Miracles can happen!!

Speaking of miracles, I've seen so many good things happen in my life. Maybe little things, but no less a blessing. The overtime was a much-needed blessing. Also, I ran out of Omnipods (my pump supplies) and couldn't refill until January 1. Panicked and with no other way to get insulin (if you remember, I can't do shots), I prayed and prayed for a miracle. And that miracle came when my *awesome* diabetes educator was able to give me 3 extra pods to hold me over until I could refill my prescription. Can I get a hallelujah. Another miracle was when I actually won something! ME- winning something! I entered a contest for gluten-free blogger (and former Bachelor/Bachelor Pad contestant) Tenley Molzahn (website) and won 3rd prize, which was a work out video that I REALLY wanted when it came out this summer. It's from my favorite trainers at Tone It Up (website). I was extremely excited when I got an email from her. Another small miracle was when Suite D, the Omnipod blog, contacted me and asked me to be a contributor, discussing the unique perspective of a diabetic with celiac disease. I can't wait for that and will keep you posted as I know more. And lastly, I was asked by Jen from TheIronJen to attend her financial seminar as her guest next week! A huge value! I got the privilege of meeting this great woman a few months back and she is so inspiring. You feel full of energy after talking with her. She is a Type 3- her young son has type 1 diabetes and wears an Omnipod like me!

Life is really good right now. I don't want to keep the pace of always being so busy, but right now I'm really enjoying it. Just another example of how a broke-off-your-butt, single person with health conditions can have a fabulous life on so little. Like I always say, life doesn't have to be *perfect* to be wonderful!

5 comments:

  1. This is great, Nikki! I'm SO looking forward to watching 2013 rain Blessings on you. :-)

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  2. Good for you! I hope you are healing still and will be back to your good ol' routine soon. I gotta say that hearing you stress about medical bills upsets me. Yeah I live in Canada and some health care is free so I find it insane to have to pay to go to the doctor. I wish you could have had all your free time for yourself and not to have to work to pay off expensive medical bills. That just ain't fair.

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  3. Congrats on your success, and here's to a great 2013 for all of us with health challenges!

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  4. Missed reading your blog while you were away but am glad to hear of all the good things happening! Here's hoping 2013 is good to all of us! :)

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