type 1 diabetes

Can You Be A Camp Counselor?

What type of question is that? There is a lot behind pursuing a fun summer job of being a camp counselor but it is indeed a life experience that I think every compassionate human should have. Even if you have no connections or desire to work with children it will be an experience you will never forget!!

Being a camp counselor teaches you so much from learning how to function on 3 hours of sleep, to dealing with multiple children and parenting styles to al creating you with the best family of all time! I have been a camp counselor for almost 6 years now with job requirements ranging from counselor-in-training, counselor, medical assistant and all the way up to Craft Director. I have had all of these experience with Camp Hodia ran by Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs. Never once have I gotten any monitory value out of it. However the overflowing love I get from it has no monetary value. The excitement of the campers, teaching them to take care of their diabetes, giving them a roll model, and giving them the best extend family in the world!

So moral of the story, no matter what you’re doing in your life find a camp and try it out! I promise your life will be changed forever!! ❤

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18 Facts about Taylor

Here are 18 totally random but awesome facts about me!

18. I am afraid of the dark, like it’s seriously bad!

17. I hate the flavor vanilla, except in my Starbucks latte, which I am addicted too.

16. My younger brother is my best friend, he knows everything, I mean EVERYTHING.

15. I graduated early from high school and jumped right into college.

14. I was addicted to ice. Like I always have it in my hand or in my mouth. My mom thought I had an issue as a child.

13. I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers but most people don’t know that.

12. I love elephants! They are by far the coolest animal ever!

11. I want to adopt a baby from Africa and live in Africa for at least a year.

10. I’ve never made friends easily. Even to this day most of my friends will say “I didn’t like you at first, you were a complete bitch”.

9. I am pretty tall for a girl 5’10”

8. I am convinced I will be famous or marry someone famous.

7. I spend most of my time watch netflix and on my computer and I love it but I hate being alone…

6. I know trust is supposed to be one of the most natural emotions but I don’t trust anyone. I trust very very few. And to gain my trust is quite a long process.

5. I hate being touched. I hate hugging people. I like my own space.

4. I have never been in a super serious intimate relationship due to the previous 2 facts.

3. My eyes change color. Seriously they go from yellow to green to dark dark brown. It’s quite freaky.

2. I call my father by his first name, Lloyd. Strange I know, but over the years our relationship has evolved to that it is not out of disrespect but a bond.

1. I have three tattoos that most people have no idea about (they’re all on my feet) and I plan to get many more.

0. Shush I know there’s now 0 in a countdown but just wait there is a purpose to this. I am a type one diabetic and have been for 18 years. This used to be one of the biggest facts about me, at least I thought. Now I am realizing that it isn’t a fact about me. I have many many other more important attributes. Diabetes has made me strong and shaped me but it is not me. I for awhile now have been dealing with how hard it is and how bad it sucks and referring to myself as ‘broken’. It took a good friend of mine getting upset and saying to my face “You’re not broken and stop saying that it pisses me off!” For me to realize she is right.

So moral of the story: Whatever you might be battling there are a thousand other facts about you that are way more important and predominant! Don’t let the shitty stuff hold you down, you are not broken, you are beautiful!!

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Resolutions are for the Weak Minded

How many people do you know that on January 1st say all of the cliched “I’m giving up drinking”, “I’m gong to start working out” “…eat healthier”,”…write in a journal”,”….blah,blah,blah….”  Well, how weak minded of them to think that they need the start of a new year to achieve any of their extreme dramatic goals. Our goals can start at any point, we don’t need a specific date like the first of a new year to become the person we want to be.

Do you know how many firsts there are in the year? Lets break it down

1 1st of the year

12 1sts of the months

52 1sts of the weeks

365 1sts of the days (366 if its a leap year)

So if you need a legitimate “1st of something” to start up a new workout program, challenge, job, life goal, ect. I just gave you over 400 of them. However if you’re really dedicated to the new you, you shouldn’t need a “1st”!

You are strong enough to do it right now! Put down that cookie, look up the closest gym, grab a piece of paper. Start whatever you are putting off right now, you can do it!!!

Some people say that is takes 21 days to form a habit but I think that if your goals are strong enough it will just be your shear drive that will keep you going on throughout the days. Put the gym in your schedule everyday, make a meal plan every night, set a reminder to write in a journal everyday, or say hello to the first person you see at the coffee shop every morning. Everyday you will be one step closer to meeting your goals and being that better person. By the end of it you won’t remember if you started on the 1st of January or if it was in the middle of the year, if it was a Monday or a Thursday. All you will remember is that you transformed into a newer better you. You took that major step that you needed to take and now you are someone you are proud of. You were strong enough to make your goal or resolution. You are amazing!

Now what are you waiting for?! GO OUT AND START!!! ❤

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Chemistry 111

So, what is Chemistry? Of course we all know that chemistry is how elements react together, but I mean what is real chemistry?

I believe there is chemistry within every aspect of our lives. Chemistry to me is how things react together. You have chemistry with your mom, dad, brother, lover. How do you work together; explosive reaction, just fizzle, combined to make something greater? When you think about it every combination matters and creates a result. Do you like those results?

There is chemistry in everyday activities as well, how you react with school, a job, your family, under stress. Everything has an effect on you and everything is a relationship wither it be a good or bad. Any obstacle you face is chemistry, your reaction to the reactant. Diabetes is chemistry. Finding the right balance between sugar and insulin.

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Everybody knows about the chemistry between you and a significant other. How is it measured, what is our chemistry, why do we have good chemistry compared to that other person?

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So, there is a point to this. I am in my Chem 111 lecture and I don’t understand it 😦 Moral of the story I don’t have chemistry with actual scientific chemistry.

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First Week of a New Semester

So it’s been a little over a week from my last post. Sorry for that:) This semester seems like it’s going to be killer!!

This semester I only have 14 credits or 4 classes with a lab. This is my smallest course load this far but it seems like it will be my hardest. I am taking Chem 111 (General College Chemistry) and Lab, Bio 228 (Part 2 of Human Anatomy), University foundations 300, and Adolescent Developmental Psychology. My Chemistry class and lab are seeming like they will be the hardest which sucks.

For my University Foundations class it is about how to market yourself to the professional work, so I have an ePortfolio in the process of being finished! Go check it out 🙂 http://taylornehereportfolio.weebly.com  *Remember it is a work in progress so don’t be to rough on it but I would love feedback!!

Human Anatomy is killing me with all the memorization but I know I can do it, cause I passed with an A last semester and I was taking 18 credits!

The Disability Resource Center screwed me over last week. With being diabetic I have to get all my professors to sign agreements acknowledging my disease and extraordinary absences, but since my lab only allows one absence and my UF class is a group work class absences are less than ideal and there is no need for an agreement because if I miss a class I can’t really make it up in any way. The DRC seems to think my professors just love getting bombarded with extra forms and that they have more time to work of the sh*t, which mind you they don’t! And neither do I!! I have to go back and get these 2 professors to resign a different form stating why absences aren’t makeupable! SO FETCHING STUPID!! Which the real kicker is I don’t even feel like I should have to fill out these forms but my university requires it.   Well there is my rant for the day, thanks for listening! 🙂

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The Ultimate Fight

Every body has their ultimate fight, many even multiple fights. Their fight of a disease, for their dreams, for their family. There are many reasons you might have to fight. What is your fight for?

The title is a little misleading because I  have no “Ultimate Fight” but many smaller fights.

I fight for many reasons but mainly I fight for a future in whatever I want it to be, which is still to be decided.

College and getting an education is a huge thing to fight for! I know whatever I choose to do with my future learning and education will always be included. With a new semester starting I am reminded how much I love to learn and being educated.  Fight to be educated!!  Not everybody in the world has the right to be educated! So don’t miss out on that opportunity! It might be a challenge, it might be expensive, it might stress you out, but DON’T MISS OUT ON IT! EDUCATE YOURSELF!!

Secondly, I fight for my health! Health is something people take for granted. In other countries people die from things with think as not that big of deal, like the chicken pocks! Fitness and your health are both a big deal to living a long and healthy life! So when it comes to taking the elevator or  the stairs, choose the later. The fried chicken or the sandwich choose the sandwich. I know I’m not perfect but I try hard to not be the worsts. One time my doctor asked me “Taylor, do you know what it like to have diabetes in Haiti?” Me “Nope” Doctor “Well let me tell you. There is no Juvenile Diabetes, they al die. There isn’t insulin down there to control your blood sugars. They all die a painful death.” This may or may not be a little bit dramatic but either way it effected my immensely! I took insulin for granted but  not everybody has it. So, I fight for my health, as should you!

Lastly The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 starts tonight on Fuel TV and I am super super stoked!!! Team Jones or Team Sonnen! I am still undecided! I have met them both and have hung out with both so how do I choose between two of my friends??

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My So Called “Disability”

The week before a new semester starts is always stressful… Getting all your supplies together, buying college book, remembering buildings and rooms and such. Well to add to that I have to go and meet with Boise States Disability Resource Center. Most would ask now why would you need that? Well, in my eyes, and most others I don’t have what most would call a disability.

I have type 1 juvenile diabetes and for most people who don’t know what that means: my body doesn’t produce insulin and I have to give it to myself.

So, for a new semester starting I have to go down to the disabilities office at my university and have them write out contracts for my professors to sign in case of any diabetic emergencies during class or an exam. For me I think it is totally annoying, I hate feel in like i have an excuse for everything or am different from everybody else. My professors are totally cool with helping me out and everything though. But this is what I did all day Friday, sit in an office and explain my issues to a disabilities counselor so these forms could be ready for my first day of school on Tuesday.

After that I finished off my transfer applications to Loyola Marymount University and University of Southern California! Both schools are for athletic training and pre-physical therapy!  So we will see how that goes! CAN’T WAIT!