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By: World Diabetes  09-12-2011
Keywords: diabetes, World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day » Champions

It has been almost 30 years since I was first diagnosed with type one diabetes. I was seventeen years old at the time and quite a rebel. I couldn’t accept that I would have to inject myself with a foreign substance in order to stay alive. And whatsmore, being told what I can and cannot eat and when to eat.
I left home at an early age and had to deal with or manage my diabetes all by myself. I never told anyone about my illness unless it was absolutely necessary, (hypoglycemia). I never wanted to be different from anybody else, but I was. Diabetes never stopped me from doing anything I wanted and I lived my life according to my whims and wishes.

Then one day I decided to travel and people told me, “you can’t travel to South America! You are diabetic!” However, I went anyways, and I lived in South America for 10 years.
Even though I have been diabetic for 29 years and even though my kidneys are failing and even though I have periphreal neuropathy and gastro perisis, thanks to diabetes, I do not regret anything about my life and I am happy with the decisions I made.
I am looking forward to the future because I am now on a waiting list for a PK Transplant, (Pancreas-Kidney), I will have a second chance at life, free of insulin and diet and daily blood tests.
I believe the real future of diabetes treatment lies in the future development of Nano medicine.

Thank you for giving me the chance to tell my story.

Keywords: diabetes, World Diabetes Day

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I was always proud of my child as any mother can be, but I never realized his strength, maturity at early age and his positive attitude till that day….the minute we found out and were checked into the ER our world changed. Instead of asking for Christmas presents Trevor asked me to buy toys and games for sick children so he can put them under the Christmas tree at the Pediatrics.