"I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 13 years old. I'd lost 7 kilos in a week, weighing only 32kilos. I looked terrible, was drinking a lot, going to the toilet a lot and just felt sick when eating food. I remember being at my friends house and all I wanted was jelly because I felt so dry.
My mum got my brother to take me to see the familydoctor, I told him I wasn't feeling well, couldn't eat and was drinking a lot. He told my brother, based on my obvious weight loss I was anorexic, and there was nothing he could do to help. Obviously my reaction to this was 'No I'm not!!" But I guess that's the normal reaction to someone who has an eating disorder so he sent us home.
The next day Mum was trying to get me to eat a cheese sandwich, and I just couldn't stomach it so she took me back to the same doctor and said she thought something else was wrong, not that I was anorexic. She told him about the peeing and drinking and he checked my sugar. He said it was above 40, and if I had have left it another day I'd probably be dead. That was it, he sent us straight to the hospital. I was scared, I had no idea about diabetes, my mum was crying so I knew it was serious.
I spent a week in hospital, on a drip, getting my sugars checked throughout the nights. It was a HUGE learning curve. They wouldn't let me leave the hospital until I would inject myself. I remember the first injection took me about an hour to work up the courage to do. I was terrified of needles! I still hate getting blood tests!
I was vey lucky to have my mum help me through it. The last 2-3 years have probably been the hardest. Moving out of home, my body going through changes, having to organize my own food and I'm sure the next few years will bring more challenges as my partner and I start trying to have a baby. I've only had to be hospitalized about 4 times over 11 years, so I think I'm doing pretty well.
There are days when I get depressed when I realize I'm going to be stuck with this the rest of my life, always worrying if I'm going to go low in my sleep and not wake up. However I'm lucky to have people in my life who help me through those days. Got Insulin has been a huge help for me, hearing other peoples stories and realizing I'm not alone in how I feel and what I'm going through, so thanks for starting the organization Zoe! Hopefully one day there will be a cure!"
You are a fighter Amy! You and your Mama looked absolutely gorgeous the night of the ball! *drools* Thanks again
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