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    My Diabetes Story

    Hi everyone. I am a type 1 Diabetic and was diagnosed 34 years ago at age 13! My diabetes was detected at the end of the Summer of 1975. I had lost alot of weight during the school break and had the typical symptoms of starving, being thirsty, rapid weight loss and constant urination. Simultaneously, I had been dieting, so we thought some of these symptoms were due to the weight loss goal. Eventually, we realized that the kind of weightloss I was experiencing wasn't normal. It turns out that my BG was in the 900s. The doctor was amazing I was still walking and talking. Since then, I have been living successfully with the disease. I am married (20 years this year) and have two healthy children. With diligence and close attention, my pregnancies went smoothly. In addition, I have had no diabetes related complications to date. However, about 2 years ago, I had a severe low BG which put me into a breif coma. Luckily my son, age 10 at the time, was home and knew exactly what actions to take. I taught both my sons a long time ago how to do a blood sugar test and what the symptoms are of someone with a low-blood sugar are. This "education" paid off tremendously that day. My son didn't panic, as knew exactly what to do. He did all he could for me at home, but when I didn't respond, he knew to call authorities. He was calm and explained the situation clearly and accurately. When I revived and stabilized, the medics informed me that my son was amazing throughout the whole ordeal. I will be forever greatful to him and am very proud. Actually, he doesn't like for me to talk about this, as he doesn't like appearing like a 'hero'. To him, it was just what anybody would do.

    I am new to the dLife forums and Community. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you.

    Be well!

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