Sue introduces herself, describes when she realized she was diabetic and explains how she was finally diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes diabetes-type-1
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Being Diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 Hi. I am Sue. I am a type-1 diabetic and I am also a runner. I have not always been a runner. I was unable to do a lot of distance running because of my disease but I have learned how to manage it and I have learned how to make it work for me. I am 55 years old. I was diagnosed at age 32 with type-1 diabetes and my story is one that I think some of you might be able to benefit from if you hear the way I have been able to maintain good diabetes control, and still run, and enjoy my life in a way that I hope all of you will be able to make your lives even better after you hear my story. When did you realize that you were a diabetic and how you were diagnosed? You would think that I would have known something was very wrong with me but I wasn’t realizing that I was in anyway unhealthy. The situation became known to me when I was dress shopping with a young gal who was in high school. She was a friend from my youth group at church and I was preparing to go to a high school graduation and I needed something new to wear. She went with me shopping and I put on my normal size of clothing which was a size 12 women’s dress and it just hung on me. So I said, we need another size. She went back and she got me a 10. Each time I would put the smaller size women’s dress on it was still too big and this was back in the day when there were the column dresses. They were very fitted and I couldn’t understand what was going on. When I finally found a dress that fit my figure at the time it was a size 6. I had never worn a size 6. I was not realizing that I was shedding weight and as I started to think back, it became clear to me that I was losing about a pound a day. I was a young mother. I had a son in second grade, I had a daughter in kindergarten. I just thought it was the lifestyle in that phase of my life. This young girl, very wise, said to me, “I want you to weigh yourself and if you get under 120 pounds, I want you to make an appointment.” She was the only one I guess that had the courage to say something to me. I later found out that other people were realizing that I was just wasting away and were thinking I might be anorexic. They thought I might have cancer and they were probably just hesitant to talk, but the 18- year-old girl was not afraid to say something and that was my reality. I probably made my doctor’s appointment the next morning because I had probably shed another couple of pounds. So, I went ahead and made an appointment with my regular doctor. He asked me to do a fasting, we were going to do a fasting blood sugar. I was not supposed to eat anything from a certain time, go in with no food in me. The next morning I went to the doctor’s office. They did a blood draw and I was told the following morning -- it was July 16 of 1987. I went back and he said, “You have diabetes.” I said, “Oh, okay. So you are just going to give me a pill. I am going to take a pill,” and mind you, I was 32-years-old. I knew a little bit about diabetes, so I said sure, okay, I’ll just take a pill and everything will be fine.” And he said, “No, I am sending you to an endocrinologist. You will be taking shots.” And I just kind of gulped and he said, “You will be taking shots for the rest of your life. Your body is not producing any insulin.” I then went to the specialist, the endocrinologist that he set me up with and when I went in the doctor, he was so wonderful, they always say that your first, you know, whatever it is your first this or your, I have never had a doctor like him. I have never liked a doctor as much as I liked him because he looked at me and he said, “Huh, you must be feeling pretty puny right now?” I'm like, “Yeah, I don’t know. How am I supposed to feel?” He said, “You probably haven’t realized just how awful you have been feeling.” He said, “You are the kind of person that just keeps going and going and going and you don’t even think about what you are feeli
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