Type 1 Diabetes at 9 Years Old

by Dawn

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was only 9 years old. I have lived with this disease for 45 years now and I'm still fighting it. I started out treating it with oral medications and diet (how do you get a 9 year old to stick strictly to a diet?) but was happily injecting myself with insulin by the time I was 11. I now manage with 5 shots a day and watch what I eat (which isn't nearly as hard as it was 45 years ago!). I have complications: diabetic retinopathy ( stable after 12 laser treatments); congestive heart failure (stable with medication); COPD (stable with occasional medication): and my kidney function is around 50%. I keep a careful watch on my blood glucose readings and adjust my insulin accordingly, walk every day either outside or on a treadmill, eat as healthfully as I can, take supplements and try to avoid any more prescription medications than I'm taking already. So far I've managed to avoid any overnight hospitalizations (the last was over 10 years ago), I've kept my complications fairly stable and manage to stay out of the doctor's office except for my scheduled appointments. I strongly believe that if you arm yourself with knowledge about your disease, take action to control it (diet, exercise, supplements) and ask plenty of questions ( don't believe everything people tell you) that you can have a rich, rewarding life. By the way, I have a 30 year old son, diabetes-free and I've had several rewarding careers in my life so far.

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Feb 25, 2009
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by: Judi

I was diagnosed with Type 1, Juvenile, diabetes 21 years ago. Unfortunately, I began my diabetic life with a physician that I could not stand. After a few years of good control, I began college, lost health insurance, and as you can imagine my control suffered considerably. That aforesaid physician would no longer see me due to no health insurance either! After college I was lucky enough to acquire a job with good benefits and found a new physician whom I was able to connect with. I have treated my condition with syringes, pens, and now I use an insulin pump. The pump has provided me the most effective management of my blood sugars by far. Now, I just hope that my insurance will eventually come around to approving continuous glucose monitors! Together with my pump, I feel that would provide me the best treatment short of an all out cure. I thankfully have suffered no side effects of diabetes other than some retinopathy which was treated with laser.

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