My name is Kyla Jo Tighe. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7 years old! I am now 23 years old and graduated with my bachelors of fine arts degree in Photography and Intermedia Arts from Ball State University. I now own my own photography business in Muncie, Indiana and shoot weddings in Fishers for Kirsten Wray Photography. I decided to start a blog for kids, teenagers, young adults, parents and anyone who may be diabetic, know a diabetic, or wants to learn more about type 1 diabetes. I have attended camp since I was diagnosed, either as a camper or camp counselor, and have gotten close and formed a family with other type 1 diabetics like myself. Some diabetics are not as fortunate as I am, and may be lonely in their journey with diabetes. I have learned that knowing other diabetics like myself has made living with type 1 diabetes a lot easier and more enjoyable. I tell people that type 1 diabetes is like brushing my teeth, I have just made it part of my every day routine. But we all know that diabetes is like riding a rollercoaster, it has its ups and downs. I want to share my own stories and experiences so that it may help fellow diabetics who are in search of answers and support. Here on my blog you will find personal stories, (some funny and some serious) facts, information, photographs, inspirational quotes, and much more about living with type 1 diabetes. I hope that you find joy and comfort in my blog and that you share this with others who may need that joy and comfort as well.
My inspiration behind the blog name, “Diabetes and Donuts” stemmed from a young age, of adults telling me, “No you should not eat that!” and “I brought sugar free candy/treats for you instead.” All of you with type 1 diabetes know that you can eat whatever you want, just like everyone else. You just manually dose for the carbs with insulin shots or the insulin pump, instead of your pancreas automatically correcting for the input carbohydrates, like those without type 1 diabetes. As a response to being told no to donuts and other sweets at a young age, I decided to address the topic within a blog and imagery.