How I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

By: Rambling Liat

Are you on? Hey my name is Liat and this is the story how I got diagnosed with type one diabetes Before I start I want to address a question I get asked a lot Do I have diabetes because I just ate a lot of sugar? The answer for that question is, No not at all it has absolutely nothing to do with it type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. Basically means it that something triggered my body, in my case it was puberty, and for some reason my body decided to destroy the cells that are responsible in creating insulin in my body it's some kind of a mutated gene I don't have one person in my family with diabetes, so I'm the only one. Really Mitsey? Aand my cat joined. I got diagnosed with diabetes a week before my 13th birthday. Just like a present wrapped with all the sugar I can not eat. Carb-less cake present Now that I look back I realize there were a lot of different signs that when they happened no one thought too much about it. But now that i have diabetes and i know it was probably there for a long time before it happened I realized looking back that they were just like signs and my body tried to give me and everyone around me for example when I was 8 a blood test came back and showed that my sugar levels are little bit higher than the average.

The Doctors asked me to retake the test and I did. And it came back and completely normal. So everyone forgot about it and they told us that it probably was like a lab mistake and it happens sometimes well now I know it wasn't a mistake and it's probably first signals that I don't have enough insulin in my body even back when i was 8. Around the age of 11 I started to gain a little bit weight and slowly my body was preparing towards puberty and i started gaining weight and develop a little bit and then it stopped it just stopped and slowly slowly slowly I started losing weight so no one around me really noticed that i lost a lot of weight because it didn't happen like in a day and even when i was looking at the mirror I felt completely normal I didn't feel way too skinny at all and I felt confident with how it looked back then even though i looked at the age of 12 I looked like nine years old I felt a little bit different I felt a little bit that everyone around me are a little more developed and slowly are growing to like all girls are slowly going to like more feminine body and buying first bras and stuff and I'm kind of stuck in the back.

But I thought That I am a late bloomer. Also i was very active as a child so i was eating a lot and everyone around we thought, well her metabolism is pretty fast because she's working out a lot. So no one really took notice of it. I did feel weak I remember i was feeling weak I was feeling tired all the time it was really cranky like I I was always a pretty quiet kid really active really friendly and around the age of 12 I was really mad at everyone i was exploding at everyone. But at the same time I was so weak that when i got teased in school because because i think everyone like kids notice when someone is weak so when I got teased I could not protect myself cause I was just so physically weak I used to drink a lot of water all the time I used to take a full bottle bottle of water to my bed like to my room during the night and finishing it through out the night I used to run to the toilet all the time as well and I ate a lot i started craving sugar at some point and I was never really a sugar person I was never really into sweets used to get a lot of salt salty stuff when I was a kid and then during that period I just started eating a lot of lot a lot of sugar i used to buy a lot of chocolate and just finishing everything in five minutes so those were like very telling signs but because no one around me and had diabetes before that no one even thought about it I think it was noticeable that something was wrong with me but I was suffering since childhood with a lot of stomachaches and a lot of pains and I used to go to the doctors all the time trying to figure out what i have and no one could never find out so it's not like something's wrong and no one noticed at all I was constantly going to doctors and I was getting misdiagnosed all the time I think one of the times i got i went to the doctor with my mom and basically gave the doctor the symptoms of diabetes we didn't know that back then. But he told us it's probably just a virus will go away. So we went back. A few months later we came back and then I was diagnosed the first time I realize like really realized something is very very wrong was after a school trip there was this girl in my class and I remember I was looking at her thinking how skinny she is she was really tiny and she was barely eating and we took a picture together and i noticed in the pictures that I look even skinnier than her and I never considered myself skinny when I was looking in the mirror and there she was standing next to me and she is not skinnier than me then I realized something is really wrong I remember when my mom was like thats it I'm not trusting doctors anymore we're going to go and just take every test possible.

We went to the doctors and she demanded all the tests. All possible test that they can give me I took and I remembered that at night i was praying for some reason I was scared the most to have cancer or diabetes cancer because at the time I was living with my grandmother and she had cancer and I was scared to have diabetes because I remembered there is this girl in my neighborhood and she had type 1 diabetes the way she described the way she's living was really scary for me and also maybe I was foreshadowing and i felt that i have diabetes the day after going to the doctors I woke up in the morning because the phone rang and a doctor asked me to give the phone to my mom so.. And I have phone in my room but we had one line so i went over and woke up my mom and told her that the doctor want to talk with her. Ran back to my room and picked up the phone to listen to what he has to say and I remember he was telling my mom that I'm sorry but your daughter as a type one diabetes she was very surprised I remember her saying what? but but but we don't have no one in the family.. But around this time I hung up pretended nothing happened it's just a dream. And went back to sleep I was supposed to go to school but obviously after that call that wasn't gonna happen My mom woke me up and she was like there's a room for you in the hospital she explained to me that I have diabetes and i ate breakfast and we went to the hospital I was three days in the hospital while they explained everything to me they were really surprised that I walked in as if nothing happened but my sugar level was around 55 when I got a diagnosed. Umm I got on track really quickly.

How I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

A month after my diagnosis I've got connected to the insulin pump I was always an insulin pump ever since until this year when i decided to try to go back to injections my reactions was pretty calm even though it was like my worst nightmare coming true. I reacted pretty calmly and I did everything I thought I needed to do. I cried maybe once or twice in the hospital but I just remember I kind of remember it as if it wasn't like I'm looking from the side I don't remember it as "oh my god that's what happened to me" and I think at that time I didn't actually realized I have diabetes, Like I think it took me like two or three or four more years after the diagnosis to break down in tears by myself alone in my room and realizing it's not going to go anywhere I'm with this thing forever even though I i tried and I'm always very optimistic and I used to scratch like I used to scribble on top everywhere its says a disease and write it's a lifestyle it's not a disease and I still feel like that and I still try to do a lot of things to accept that and to work with with it and not against it I'm a strong believer that everything that happens happens for a reason and there's a reason why I got diagnosed and there's a reason why i have it oh it did force me to mature quite quickly and to see things a little bit differently I remember going back to school and getting teased again but i remember getting my strength back because I really knew what i have and i wasn't as weak. Because i was taking care of my sugar levels and i remember i just came back to school through two or three weeks of not being there because it took me time to be used to everything at home and get balanced and when I came back some kid was giggling behind me and he called my name I turned around and it's okay hey! want a piece of chocolate like I knew he was doing it to to offend me I don't care how they sure I can just inject like I didn't care and it he was really surprised when I said sure I think I gained a lot of strength when this happened I learned how to block and how to deal with a lot of people being mean and trying to tease and at some at some point they stopped because of it i also met a lot of people that have the diabetes through that and I try to take every advantage it gave me and try to make the best out of it I think everyone gas their own problems there isn't one person in this world who is completely healthy so I think we all should learn how to take our disadvantages and make them advantages I can't say that it's always easy to deal with it but nothing really is easy, right? there's a lot of difficult stuff we just need to learn how to deal with it and how to make the best out of it anyways i hope that throughout videos and just showing a little bit of how I am dealing with it or what i do to live with that and how it doesn't really need to take away from from your life maybe it will help someone else who is struggling with accepting their own diabetes anyways this is a story about how I got diagnosed with diabetes. If you have any questions you can comment, you can email me or just contact me in general and i'll be happy to reply and i'll be more than happy if you will subscribe I hope we'll see you next video it's really tiny this with the needle that any inject well this one I need to inject twice a day and the other type you need to inject every time before you eat so it's a lot of injections and it doesn't include the blood checking little prickles.

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