Rachel

Rachel

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
How can you move both of your arms so well?
Yes someone asked me that
I soon realized he assumed that with diabetes comes a stroke

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
When I was first diagnosed at 18 I took it in my stride. I was on the ball and never forgot an injection. Once I realized that the less insulin I took the more weight I’d lose I started eating and drinking as much sugar as I possibly could just to lose weight. Over the last 3 years I’ve been in and out if hospital I’ve had doctors sitting me down and basically shouting at me telling me that if I didn’t stop this then I’d die. I didn’t care I just wanted to be thin. I started going for weeks without taking insulin and yeah I felt awful and couldn’t do anything but I thought I looked great. I probably did 2 whole years without checking my blood sugar. My hba1c rose to 149 (19%). In October last year something clicked in my head someone told me I couldn’t do my dream job because I was mentally unstable and I’d never been told that before. I started taking my insulin and checking my blood sugar obsessively and now my hba1c is 58 (7.8%) I’ve never had as much energy and I’m no bigger in size than I was before I got diagnosed. I feel so STUPID for what I did and I’m left with lasting damage of neuropathy but I’m so proud I overcame it. I get my insulin pump in 2 weeks!

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’m such a stronger person today because of it. I thought that it had ruined my life but in reality it’s made it fulfilling.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Regular sized ducks. I’d throw bread into the water and cuts being ducks they would all follow hahaha



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *