In celebration of World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month, I wanted to take the time and share my story with you.
2 years ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. For those who are unfamiliar (as I was) Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic illness where your pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin helps to regulate sugar in your body.
For about 3 months before I was diagnosed, I had all these symptoms a.k.a the warning signs. I had no idea what these signs meant. It started off with me being super thirsty all the time! I was drinking so much water and even soda (i actually hate sodas) just to quench my thirst.
When I started drastically loosing weight I became concerned. One night I had gone out to the movies with my brothers and drank so much soda and ate nasty movie theater food (i never do this). The next morning I felt completely sick, I was sleeping all day and my stomach was in knots.
My immediate thought was that I had the flu or something. I had called out of work and stayed home but just got worse. I couldn’t hold down any food or water even. I was waking up almost every 30 minutes to throw up but I literally had nothing left in my body.
Finally, I woke up with the worst stomach pain and made the decision to go to the hospital. It was probably the scariest thing ever and to be honest I barely remember even being there.
Just so you get an idea a normal blood sugar is anywhere from 80-180. I was at about 600.
After much needed rest, the doctors explained to me what my body was going through. Unfortunately they don’t know exactly how type 1 is caused. Most people are diagnosed at a young age but it’s not rare to be diagnosed later in life. To date there is no cure unfortunately.
The following months to a year after was extremely hard for me. I adjusted really well to having to prick my finger and give myself injections but my mental health plummeted. I would come home every day crying and felt like the whole world knew.
Figuring out how my body was supposed to be working and struggling with changing my diet and controlling my blood sugar levels was taking a toll. A lot of people think that it’s just about watching what you eat or the medication but it’s actually mental draining sometimes.
In my mind no one was going to want to be my friend or be around me because of this. I became super self conscious. I felt extremely alone. As I was trying to gain all of my weight back, I started getting the worst acne (which i’m still dealing with) and I lost quite a bit of hair. My body was going through all these crazy changes and it was really affecting me.
Needless to say I’m in a much better place now but I still have my days. Sometimes I just want to be a normal 20 something year old without having to worry about this illness. I’m extremely grateful for my family and friends that have supported me throughout.
I’ve made it a goal of mine to inform and bring awareness to Type 1 as much as I can. It’s not something I talk about often but it’s very important to me and to who I am. And yes if you were wondering I can still eat sweets – just in moderation!
I felt it was super important to share this with everyone on my blog so you can see who I am! I never let Type 1 dictate or defy me, I’ve learned to embarrass this life long journey I’m on. Hopefully one day there will be a cure!