It was a beautiful, sunny Friday March 25, 2011. I was happy to be walking home on such a warm day after a long day of school, but little did I know my life was about to change forever. After I walked in the door my parents greeted me and told me my doctor called, with the results of my blood test from the previous day, and that I had to be taken to the ER because I have type one diabetes.
Quick Side Note:
Type one diabetes is an incurable, hereditary disease, and is thought to be auto-immune because your immune system attacks your pancreas causing it to make too little or no insulin at all. Making someone with type one diabetes insulin-dependent.
While in someone with type two diabetes your body cannot use the insulin it makes, this can usually be reversed with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Now back to the story...
After getting to the ER, and being poked with countless needles, the doctor came in to talk to me and my family. He basically said my life would never be the same, I'll have to live with this for the rest of it because it's incurable. That's when the seriousness of the disease hit me. I was in total shock that this would even happen to me!
This experience made me appreciate life more, I used to over exaggerate to situations, and say "I hate my life", but I never do that now. Sure this disease is a BIG pain in the ass, but there are other things in life that are worst, just like the song by Monty Python (look below for the video), "always look on the bright side of life", and that's what I do. It also makes me very appreciative of living in Canada and having free health care, and my parents having health insurance, because without it? Man, I'd be broke, this damn disease is so expensive. So, never do I take a day for granted or "wish I wasn't alive" because things can always be worse than they are. I'm just going to live my life with this pain in ass, and I'm going to do it happily.
Here is Monty Python's song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
Have any questions about this disease? Leave them below I'd love to answer them for ya. :)