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Who am I?: I am Luke Ferguson. Born on the 25th July 1987.  I come from a big family who loves and cares for each other. I love living an active lifestyle. I love doing triathlons, swimming, biking and running. I actually love sport in general, give me a tennis racket or a soccer ball and I will be happy for hours. I love people, being around people, watching people, spending time with people, I am a people person. I am a student, busy studying a business degree. I am a follower of Christ. I am proudly South African! And recently a type 1 diabetic but diabetes doesn’t make me who I am, life makes me who I am.

Where am I?: Born and raised in the beautiful city of Cape Town where the mountains meet the sea. Where the freezing ocean meets the warm sunny air. Where the blue sky meet the green mountains. Where the people are as diverse as its history. This is the city I love and live in.

Why this blog?: I was shocked and scared when I found out I was a diabetic. I thought my active lifestyle was over which it isn’t and that I was going to die from a diabetic related illness which I more than likely won’t . I was scared of injecting myself and the idea of injecting myself 4 times a day for the rest of my life seemed like hell which after more than 2 months now is a walk in the park. But I have been able to manage it(diabetes) well because of my active lifestyle, good diet.

So why this blog? It’s here to encourage you to persevere. To not give up, to not throw in the towel. It’s here to show my failures and my victories and to learn from them. I will be the first person to tell you that diabetes sucks but we can live  normal lives when we manage it well.

I hope you will join me on this little adventure of my life!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Rose permalink
    18/02/2011 5:33 pm

    Well done Luke! May many people be encouraged by your story.

  2. Nathan Fenner permalink
    08/03/2011 8:25 pm

    NICE! Very impressed. I know that this is going to change some lives. Keep up the excellent work, your doing a great job!

  3. Botha Pretorius permalink
    05/05/2011 2:04 pm

    Hi Luke,

    I am across your blog from a mutual acquintance. Lauren Ponting.

    Great to see how positive you are about the whole event. I was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on 1 April. Thought it was a pretty crap April Fool’s joke, but anyway, life goes on. I will be following your blog to see how you are doing. I am also a keen sports person (mostly tennis and golf) and it will be a adjustment, but if you prepare well enough, there won’t be anything that won’t be achievable.

    Keep up the good work.
    From a fellow Capetonian.

    • 05/05/2011 3:54 pm

      Hi Botha
      Sorry to hear about the diagnosis, it really was a crap April Fool’s joke but with your good attitude I am sure you will get on top of it! I have also found that with the right adjustments it does get easier to manage.

      Keep persevering and never give up! Let me know how you are managing it.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. 29/08/2011 6:44 pm

    Hey all

    I’ve been Type 1 Diabetic for almost 11 years now and I can honestly say its not something I regret happening (much). Yes, there been some rebellious and RUBBISH times and the fear is always there that some day I may develop complications, but its taught me so much about discipline and the importance of balancing diet and exercise 🙂 Thanks so much for getting a positive blog out there about Life with Diabetes. Every day is a balancing act with this condition but people so so often underestimate the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle

  5. Botha Pretorius permalink
    30/08/2011 5:57 am

    Hi Luke,

    Hope all is well. To add to Shelly’s comment. This was not the worst thing to happen to me either. I am eating healthier, exercising more and will probably go on to live much longer than I would have previously. I am still learning everyday on how to balance everything to keep my sugars stable. You definitely feel it the next morning if you strayed of the path the night before. This does teach you discipline, but being a sportsman that competes at a high level, this shouldn’t be to tough to manage.

    Keep well.

  6. 30/08/2011 6:37 am

    You guys are right on the money! You definitely learn to look after your body better with regards to food and drinks and become more aware of the impact food can have on your body. My lifestyle has definitely improved with becoming a diabetic, there are the days when I feel down about having to be self-controlled and having to inject all the time but I count my blessing and I have much to be grateful for!

    I am stoked you guys have such positive outlooks! It’s very encouraging! Hope you guys are doing well and looking after your levels!


  7. 30/08/2011 7:25 am

    Can’t complain 🙂 Working hard on getting my HBA1c below 7. I read from one of you’re blog posts that you’re still on Honeymoon? Man, I miss the days…. I used to take 2 units, once a day and no humalog, lol. Keep it going as long as you can 🙂

    Anyone here got any info about how a pump fits in with exercise? I’m looking into getting one (although they’re still a little expensive) but I wonder sometimes how its functioning is affected by running, cycling etc….

  8. Botha Pretorius permalink
    30/08/2011 7:55 am

    I have a friend that plays golf with the pump, but that is obviously not as labour intensive. He swears by it. I am pretty sure it should work with running and cycling, but will probably be more of a irritation and uncomfortable.

    I am only on Lantus (12 units) with no Humalog. My HBA1C levels went down from 15,1 (at diagnoses) in April to 6,1 in July. Pretty stoked about it.

  9. 30/08/2011 8:38 am

    well done! That’s a really great HBA1C. Im on 24 Levemir at night and 6 in the morning (I found splitting my dose was much more effective even though Levemir is supposed to be a a 24 hour insulin) and I take 6-8 units of Humalog with every meal. HBA1C is on 7.6 at the moment which Im not unhappy with, but Id really like to get it below 7- I have way too much of a sweet tooth….

  10. 30/08/2011 1:04 pm

    I am going to try sit down tonight and do a blog post, my Honeymoon phase is over now. It came with some huge learning curves and a bit of stress.

    I will also try get my friend to do a blog post, she uses a pump. So I will try get her to tell us what the pro’s and con’s are of them.

    I have to get my HBa1C done this week, little nervous! Hopefully it’s as good as you guys!

    • Linx permalink
      21/11/2011 7:10 pm

      Your asnewr was just what I needed. It’s made my day!

  11. Botha Pretorius permalink
    30/08/2011 1:13 pm

    That’s cool! Will be nice to hear her point of view.

    Good luck with the test!

  12. 30/08/2011 2:53 pm

    rad, it’ll definitely be great to hear some direct feedback about the pump. Good luck with the HBA1C but don’t worry if its not what you’re hoping for- the first few months of adjustment after the Honeymoon has ended are some of the hardest…

  13. 01/09/2011 8:40 pm

    Damn, just got reminded of how important it is to check your blood sugar regularly when you are studying/ working for a long period of time…
    For the last hour or so, I couldn’t focus my attention on what I was doing at ALL- kept rewriting sentences 3 or 4 times and wondering why the fact that I couldn’t remember how to spell ‘miscegenetic’ made me want to burst into tears… Eventually I pulled myself together enough to test and sure enough, I was 1.8 . So annoying, because I know I spent the last hour absolutely wasting my time. Always keep a packet of jellybabies on hand during exams guys 🙂

  14. 02/09/2011 11:23 am

    WOW that is low! Hope you used that opportunity to eat something nice 🙂

  15. 04/09/2011 5:29 pm

    mmmm…chocolate mousse 🙂 Off to beaverlac tomorrow! Going to have to watch my sugars closely….

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