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I'm Peter. I was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes the 2nd of April 2010. I'm seventeen years old and I'm graduating this year. I found out that I had it because I was getting night sweats since January. I didn't think much of it but I thought it was odd so I decided to go to the doctors. There I got my first blood test. I was very afraid of needles at the time and was worrying all day about having to do it. I gave the blood, went home and had something to eat. Then the doctor called my mother with the results. She said my blood sugar was 254. She said that's very high and that there's a possibility that I have type 1 diabetes.

I went back to the hospital a few hours later where they took my blood again. this time it was 418. I don't think I'll ever forget those numbers. When the doctor left after telling me how high it was I just broke down and cried. Thank goodness my mother was there to help console me. I couldn't believe what was happening. I thought "how could this happen, I'm only seventeen. I'm graduating this year and its supposed to be the best year of my life."

That night they set me up at the hospital. There I think I had the worst roommate I think I possibly could have gotten. He was a man probably in his 40s who lost a leg because of diabetes, and now he was about to loose the other one for same reason. I though is this what's going to happen to me now that I have diabetes. When I first found out that I had it first I denied it and said to myself, "it's probably something else they must be mistaken." Then I blamed myself and thought that it was my fault for not taking care of myself. But it wasn't my fault -- for whatever reason my pancreas stopped working properly and there was nothing I could do about it.

I'm already getting used to the treatment for it. I can't still basically eat all the foods I loved. I just have to remember to take my insulin and eat it in moderation. I'm still getting used having to be conscious of everything I eat but it's getting easier and easier each day. I think eventually it will just be routine for me like brushing my teeth. I feel a lot better about having this illness thanks to the support from all my family and friends. And who knows, maybe one day they'll find a cure for it, but if they don't I know I'll still be ok and live a long healthy life. I hope this helps anyone who reads.

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Published April 14, 2010


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