Lawton Hatley talks about being diagnosed while in school.
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Lawton Hatley: It was actually first semester of law school, incredible stressful time. So during all that, the symptoms start showing up, but in the kind of denial, because you have one or two other things which you're trying to take care of. I ended up putting off, even seeing a doctor in regard to everything that's going on with my body until Christmas break. At that point in time, it was in a such a severe state, I was actually put in the emergency room in the ICU. I had everything from insatiable thirst to incredibly frequent urination, unable to sleep. Just because of everything else going on in my body, I couldn't focus, everything was a distraction. It even impacted my eye sight, which being in law school and reading 1,800 pages a week, you just kind of think you know it's too much small print but it was to the point that I couldn't see sitting midway in a room, I couldn't see the boards. Question: Living with diabetes. Lawton Hatley: Actually everything is under much better control. I've working with my doctor and as of two weeks, when on the insulin pump, which has a made a big change. Of course the first couple of weeks, you toy with the numbers and your ratios and everything, but the pump is made a big difference in keeping me more stable by lows and highs. I spot part from each other and everything is just been much easier to manage. Question: Getting involved with the American Diabetes Association. Lawton Hatley: Diabetes runs in my family. My father is actually a type 1 so I combined honestly in my genes, but the ADA, it's just -- it's like a form of therapy, it becomes an outlook, you are able to help other people who have the same problem as you and you just need so many people that you can identify with and at the same serve the community. Question: What will it take to stop the diabetes epidemic? Lawton Hatley: Well for Type 1, it's going to take a -- basically because Type 1, pancreas fails. Pancreases stop making the needed insulin. For type 2, a lot of it is getting a handle on diet and exercise and getting off the couch and not being potatoes anymore. It also destined from - some people do have incidence where their bodies also just don't make correct insulins. So that part of it also work --