My name is Rebekah Hensley, and I have been a type one diabetic for a little over three years. I found out I was diabetic when I had went to the doctor to see about getting birth control. While at the doctor, I was asked to take a urine test. After my doctor had seen the results, he denied me birth control and informed me that my blood sugar appeared to be over 400 and that they’d have to test it more to find out the exact number. I remember being at home in my bedroom, drinking a 2 liter of Mountain Dew (because I was so thirsty and all) and my mom rushing to my bedroom to make sure I was awake. The doctor had informed her that my sugar was 536 and that I’d need to go to the hospital the next day to start training for how to take care of myself with this disease. At first, it didn’t bother me as much. I understood that it was treatable and that I’d need to take better care of myself, but that didn’t seem like such a big deal. But being in the hospital on day 2 is when it hit me that I’ll have this disease for the rest of my life and there will be some things I’ll have to be careful about and sometimes not even be able to do. The disease caused and still causes problems, but I also realized that this is something that will stick with me for the rest of my life and that I can either let it destroy me or I can better myself.
I am now 20 years old, and currently getting into modeling. I refuse to let this disease stop me from doing something I’ve dreamt about doing before becoming a diabetic, and have high hopes of becoming a rather popular model. I hope that people can look to me and see that they shouldn’t let this disease stop them from accomplishing things they wish to do in life, and that they’re beautiful.
This disease can make or break you. Please don’t let it break you.