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Celebrating Halloween (and your birthday) when you have Type 1 Diabetes

Hi guys!
For those who don’t know me, I’m Bia, I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 18 years and my birthday is on Halloween. Yes, October 31th. 😀
I love this date! For me, it’s the best day of the year not just for being my birthday, but it gets even more special because it’s Halloween. It’s magical, it’s fun,  & it’s unique. Here in Brazil, we don’t have the culture to celebrate Halloween as it is celebrated in other countries, but I’ve always enjoyed celebrating in some way (in my birthday parties at least). Almost every birthday party I’ve ever held has had a Halloween theme or costume party. My friends love it, since it adds a unique element to the holiday that sadly isn’t seen much around here. We do have costume parties in Brazil, but only on Carnival. If I ask nicely, my friends come dressed in black or with some costume 🙂 .
You must be thinking: How can it be? You, a type 1 diabetic celebrating Halloween with candy (sweets)? Would not you prefer the tricks?
No I don’t!!!! Counting carbs exists for a reason, so I can live normally.
I know eating candy is not good for anyone, and the fact that I have diabetes should not make me less deserving of October’s candies. From my perspective, it’s only once a year and it’s okay! Always be smart about what you eat, and of course, how much. Being a T1D, you must always be mindful of what you put into your body (even on your birthday!). I’ve learned that my chronic disease can’t stop me from living a normal life, enjoying holidays just like everyone else, and making smart decisions in the process.
Have a nice Halloween everyone <3
Love,
Bia
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