My name is Hannah and my diagnosis was a long one! September 2004 I turned 9 and I was enjoying life as a child does like going to school and playing with friends. I started to lose weight which was pretty bad as I was so young. I was to embarrassed to get changed for PE lessons because my legs were so skinny and my thighs had begun to turn a bluey purple color. My mum at the time didn’t know anything about symptoms of diabetes so she took me back and forth the doctors. By October she’d had enough of being told I was just “ill.” I started to miss time from school because I was too weak. Then on a Tuesday my mum took me to the doctors. I was weighed and that was it. The doctors response to my mum who was frantically trying to find out what was wrong was this “she has the flu what do you expect” my mum was so relieved that on Wednesday my mum went to work and I stayed with a family friend and that’s all I can remember. Next thing I knew I was laying in the children’s ward hooked up to at least 5 different things, an oxygen mask the tube up my nose down my throat…everything possible. While I was out of it completely my family were told by the doctors and nurses “if it had been left another 24 hours we wouldn’t of been able to get her back.” Do you know what it took to find out what was wrong? Yes.. one simple finger prick test! Since then I have struggled with my diabetes but I make sure everyday I make a positive outlook for me and other people who have to go through this life style.
February 17, 2016 • Diagnosed in 2004 • Current Age: 20