Several years ago, to be exact in 2007, at the age of 21  I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

I will never forget that day. It was the 14 of June 2007, Thursday. I had been sick for several weeks. I had reached the scary 42 kilo, had no fat at all. My breast disappeared, I had the look of a 11 year old boy.  I remember drinking 5-6 liters of water per day. I was very thirsty and always tired. I even fell asleep during lectures. The only thing that woke me up was the need to visit the bathroom. When I started to lose weight, at the beginning, I was so happy. I thought it was the water that flushed all my fat away. But after some time when my bra cups were empty, because of my shrinking breasts, I thought that something was not right. I went to see my doctor and he ordered some tests. On that Thursday, I had an appointment at his office around 4 pm. Although I was exhausted I’ve had a big cup of ice cream and a nice talk with my roommate’s cousin, who had just arrived from England. After that I still wanted something sweet and I went to the shop and bought myself a big 300 g milka chocolate. I started with one peace and ended eating the whole chocolate. I had an hour left until my appointment and I thought I could have a short nap. I fell asleep very quickly, but after 10 min I had to visit the bathroom.  My mouth was so dry and sticky. I can not remember how much water I drank, but I remember that I was so happy that the doctor’s office was near, because only 5 minutes after I went out I needed again the bathroom. And I will never forget what was my only thought at that time. Because of the amount of sweets that I have eaten, I was thinking, that the doctor would tell me, I should stop eating sweets and would never be able to eat them again.
As if I have known what was going on. As I entered his office, his face was serious and troubled. He told me he wanted to call me sooner, but I left no phone number for contact on the application form. He told me I have diabetes and I have to go as soon as possible at the hospital and to check in for several days. My reaction was that was impossible, because I had to present a big project on the next day. His answer was that my condition was so serious that I could have gone into a diabetic coma and die. The results showed a morning glucose level of 490 mg/dl and HbA1c of 18.
After I left his office I started crying. I was walking on the street and couldn’t realize what was happening to me. I called my parents. Both of them were so shocked. My mother thought there should have been some mistake with the results. My father was speechless. He really didn’t know what to say or how to react. On the next day I checked in at the hospital. I was told that I would need to inject  insulin for the rest of my life. I remember the nurse saying, that without insulin I would die. Not the best thing somebody would like to hear at that moment.  On the next morning after I woke up I thought I was in heaven, because the first face I saw, was the face of my smiling boyfriend, who travelled the whole night to come and see me. I thought it was the second beginning of my life. It was like a re-birth. After some days I felt so much better and started reading some medical books about diabetes, which were given to me by my diabetes supervisor. I’ve stayed in the hospital for about 3 and a half weeks.

Of course, in the beginning it was shocking.  After 4 years I have some experience living with diabetes. I’m happy to say, that my friends and my family are always there for me. Their support gives me additional motivation for controlling my condition.

I have used several therapies for managing my blood glucose. I started with NovoNorddisk Insulatard and NovoRapid. Then I changed to Levemir. Currently I have an insulin pump, Paradigm 722 from Medtronic, and do monitor my blood glucose with a Bayer ContourLink glucometer.

I’m trying now to have my diabetes under control and I find it much easier when I write everything down. This is why I decided to start my own blog – so I can get my situation back under control and could continue with my life and be with the people who I love…

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