Crystal

Crystal

My story with diabetes is a little different than most…I am a type one…a late onset t1d. Though for years before being diagnosed I was ill, several different doctors and specialists could not give me any answers. I was losing weight, spending all my time in the bathroom, extremely tired, irritable and losing my hair. January of 2014 I had the worst earache went to the ER, treated me for ear infection next day my sight went blurry. Went back to ER, they asked me what I used to treat my diabetes….I was blown away…what?!?! No one ever stopped and thought to check lab work on me or even thought I had a dead pancreas. After years of trying to figure it out, MRI after MRI and ct scans…your telling me its diabetes? Went to family Dr…she treated me for type 2 for a year…oral meds were NOT helping but I continued to give it my all. Tried several oral meds they made me so sick…In May of 2015…I was down to 100 pounds…I am 5’9 and a recovering anorexic. So everyone thought I had relapsed but I hadn’t. I could feel my body shutting down, walking was exhausting, caring for myself was impossible. My dr at the time continued to treat me as type 2. I went to my mother and said please help me I am dying…she took me to hospital. My blood sugar was 1124!!!! How was I still alive?! Seven days in critical condition, organ damage, filled with fluid and truly a miracle to be alive…I was told you’re a TYPE ONE DIABETIC! I had always questioned the type 2 diagnosis due to my size, age and lifestyle. Though I trusted my Dr as most of us do…well trust almost killed me. I left the hospital a different person. I am now insulin dependent and changed in every way imaginable. Diabetes has turned my life upside down BUT ITS MADE ME STRONGER! People always say…I could never give myself shots! My response is…when its the only thing keeping you alive and giving you the ability to watch your children grow you can!


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