I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 9/10/93 at the age of 11. I’m almsot 28 now. A month before diagnosis, I was tested for it and it came up negative. Diabetes was triggered by a flu virus. My body was actually able to fight off the 2 week flu, but I still felt weak (lost 20 pounds those 2 weeks and I was only 4’9 ) despite eating and drinking a lot. So, my dad took me to the doctor then the ER ..then I was transported by ambulance (At that time, Florida Hospital had no rule or law that forced them to perform life-saving measures on people with the wrong insurance.) after I slipped into a coma while waiting for insurance verification to an insurance-friendly children’s hospital. Two days later, I woke up and learned about my diabetes. Eight days later, I went back to 6th grade.Prior to diagnosis, I had a voracious appetite (still do), huge metabolism (slightly lower now due to eating disorder history), and super healthy immune system (still do). I had never had a cold and hadn’t had the flu in almsot 2 years (incubation period for diabetes according to endo, but that doesn’t jive with the negative test less than a month before diagnosis).To those of you who are confusing Type 1 with Type 2, sugar does not cause Type 1 diabetes. There is little to no evidence of diabetes in my family. My great grandfather and my grandfather’s cousin had Type 2. I have a large family with my sister, mom, dad, 7 uncles, 8 aunts, and 18 cousins. Longevity and good health run in my family. My grandparents are in their 90s and still very healthy. I also have an ancestor who lived to be 120 years old in 1880.Asthma, allergies, anxiety, and ADHD tend to run in my family. I have ADHD and anxiety. I was diagnosed with asthma and allergies only after I moved from Florida to Kansas. I think because I am allergic to dust. However, I can manage both asthma and allergies with little to no medication.I never had ear tubes, although I did have a head injury with 7 stitches when I was 3 years old and I stuck a pebble in my ear (which was removed with suction and tweezers by an ENT doc) when I was 4. I have never broken any bones or sprained anything in my life.I had an insulin pump for 4 years and was in excellent control, but Kansas Medicaid is not as nice as Florida Medicaid and I was forced to give it up when I moved here. I take 3-5 injections of Novolog and 2 injections of Levemir daily. I test my blood sugar 5-15 times a day, depending on activity level. (I can’t wait until I am finished with college, so I can get a real job with insurance that allows me to go back on the pump!)I have recently been put on medication for fibromyalgia and low testosterone levels. But aside from what I have already stated, I am healthy and have a great immune system. I’ve only had 5 colds and 4 flus since my diagnosis 16 years ago. I am still in excellent health, despite battling anorexia and bulimia in ways that should have harmed my health permanently.
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