Note: You may have wondered why there was no post in my diabetes series last Friday. Due to some shipping delays, I had to hold off – but better late than never, right? Enjoy!
After some pretty heavy posts last week, I think it’s time to brighten things up. Literally.
As I’ve briefly mentioned in the past, finding the perfect carrying case for my plethora of medical supplies is no easy task. Along with the typical purse contents of a twenty-something girl, I cannot leave the house without insulin, test strips, my meter, snacks, needles, a juicebox, and more. Needless to say my bag constantly feels like I’m carrying around a pile of bricks.
This may come as a shock to you since I am a leading contender for world’s worst shopaholic, but I’ve only owned about four ‘kits’ (what I call my supply bag) in my eight years as a diabetic. It’s just so difficult to find a bag that is small enough to throw into my purse or backpack but big enough to carry a small pharmacy. One with the perfect amount of correctly sized pockets. One that can be easily cleaned. And, arguably most importantly of all, one that is cute.
About six months ago, I discovered a company called Myabetic in an extensive online search for a new kit. I found several that I liked, but I’m a commitment-phobe when it comes to diabetes kits. You get surprisingly attached to these buggers.
Fast forward to about a month ago, and I got an email from the company advertising their latest kit, available for pre-order late this fall. I fell in love. So I emailed them telling them about my blog, my diaversary, and my love for their products.
They loved what I was doing to bring awareness to Type 1 diabetes, so they offered to send me a sample of one of their existing bestsellers, the Banting wallet! I figured that they would know how much trust a diabetic had to put into their kit. Lauren, the customer care rep, guessed that I would want the pink one. She gets me already! It is even the perfect shade to match one of my favorite Kate Spade purses. Coincidence? I think not!
Myabetic was founded by a fellow diabetic fashionista, Kyrra Richards. She, too, wanted something that could express her individuality and personal style. She felt that diabetes had become her identity, and it was time to change that. I couldn’t agree more. Kyrra’s mission is to “transform diabetes through fashion and style.” A girl after my own heart!
Kyrra, the Myabetic brand and I are definitely on the same page. We refuse to let our disease cramp our style. Diabetes has only heightened my desire to live my life in color.
My oldest brother, Matt, gave me a framed art print a few Christmases ago. It features a colorful rooster and some powerful words. He said he thought of me right when he saw it. It’s now hanging near my bathroom mirror, where it reminds me of my mission every day.
“If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.”
And I am doing just that.
Thank you to Kyrra and Lauren for supporting a fellow divabetic!