Hello, everyone. I’m OcelotKitty, A.K.A. Ann. I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 10 years old. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 17 years now.
It was a rough start and it was rough all through the teen years. I went into DKA 4 separate times, as a teenager, one of which the doctors said they don’t understand how I survived. When I was 19 years old, I finally decided to take better care of myself. By age 21, I got my A1c down from 14+ to 8.4. At age 24, my A1c was down to 5.6!! It’s been in the low 6’s to low 7’s ever since.
I have delayed gastric emptying (diabetic gastroparesis) and diabetic neuropathy. I also have bladder problems which the doctors say may be caused by diabetic nerve damage in the bladder. I had diabetic retinopathy for 8 years, found at age 16 and gone/healed at age 24. I don’t believe I would have these problems had I just taken care of myself from the start. But, by taking care of myself now and taking an alpha lipoic acid supplement, I believe I can reverse the damage or at least keep it from progressing.
I’d like to make some friends here. I live in Utah, USA. Thank you for reading.