Hey! My name is Monica and I'm 14 years old. I'd love to do whatever i can to help you win!!
This is my story:
On March 23, 2009 I woke up with a really bad headache, so my mom took me to the doctor's. When I was there, my doctor was asking a lot a weird questions, and then told me I need to go to the ER imediatley. When I got there, they did a blood test and my sugar was 345 ( I hadn't eaten anything yet that day so it wasn't too high). And I had really really bad ketones. Later that day I had found out I ahd lost 18 pounds in that past month. I spent the first night on in the ICU, with an IV in my arm, and an oxygen mask, because of the dramatic weight loss, the insane ketones, and because I kept passing out. It was the most horrifying feeling in the world. I felt like I was dying inside, and crumbling before my parents eyes. My dad and brother couldn't come visit me in the ICU because of germs, but my mom was with me. I talked to my brother on the phone, but we didn't say much, just cried. but as the week went on, everything got a little easier. I was in the hospital for a week. The day I got home was the scariest day of all, because I had to do this on my own. One month later I had a seizure from a low blood sugar, and hit my head on the dresser when I went unconcious, and I got a concussion from it. That day is when I decided I wasn't going to let diabetes take me. I'm in this fight to beat diabetes, and everyday I am getting stronger, and I am determined to win. Unfortuneatley, I've had 3 more seizure from lows since then. 3 months later, and went on an insulin pump, and it made my life so much better! I've really been struggling, so I've been going to a support group for teen with type 1, and it's been really helpful. I have overcome a lot in my life, but this is by far the hardest. I went to see my endocrinologist a week ago, and he ordered lab work, because he is pretty sure I have developed Celiac Disease, because of the diabetes. So I'm will find out soon if i do. Next tuesday (March 23, 2010) will be my one year mark with diabetes. It's really gonig to be a hard day for me. But I am so much stronger, and so much more of a fighter, since this diagnosis, so I that day will only make me more determined to help find a cure, and control my diabetes, not let it control me.