I have just ‘celebrated’ the 15th anniversary of my diagnosis by getting a medical tattoo.
I was 22when I was diagnosed. I had lost close to 30kg and was so very tired and had an insatiable thirst. I spent a week in hospital with my first ever DKA.
The glycemic index was the new big thing at the time, so I was never taught exchanges or how to count carbs, especially considering I was living in the remote town of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
I was started off on Actrapid and Protophane, (still MDI, but NovoRapid and Lantus) set doses for both, and was sent out into the world with barely any information. It was 1999 and there were no search engines to find information, it was all about books.
So once my eyesight returned, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on.
I have been hospitalized many times for DKA. Not because I am a ‘bad’ diabetic, or because I don’t look after myself, but because of how my body chooses to react to life.
The most serious, was just over 3 years ago.
I was in hospital for 2 weeks, which I spent in ICU. For a period, I was in an induced coma so that the doctor’s could fight the infection and other issue’s (please feel free to contact me, if you are interested in the details).
I continue to be a survivor.
We now know the effects of stress on my body, and because of those effects, it means I can no longer work. But I’m okay with that. I’m alive and my job is looking after my body.
And considering what I have to work with, I do an awesome job!
Since then, I have also dealt with other auto immune challenges but I have come through all challenges with my head held high, and as a determined, strong person.
I may not be able to work, but I have enjoyed, amongst other thing’s, starting a garden from, almost scratch and growing my own food. Re-purposing an unused cubby house in my backyard into a deck, along with an up-cycled wooden pallet seat. All with my own two hands, when my body was up for the task.
I love my sustainable, healthy, happy life. I wouldn’t be the person I am without diabetes, and I rather like who I am!