22 years ago friday the 13th when i first found out i was diabetic

By ravyngirl26 Latest Reply 2012-07-13 19:14:28 -0500
Started 2012-07-12 03:02:28 -0500

wow 22 years have past since i found out i got insulin dependant diabetes. thought i would share the story of how i found out and how it wasnt a dreaded friday the 13th but i would say a blessing i found out i had diabetes and not something else. i had just started my first week permanent part time as a check out operator in a supermarket but one of my breast was feeling really tender and sore. so sore i didnt say anything to my parents at the time and just kept it to myself. by the end of the week i was in a lot of pain and mum took me to the doctors. i remember thinking i wonder if its cancer i have in my breast. the doctor examined me and tested me and i found out i had diabetes. i had an abcess in my breast that had to be drained immediately so the next day he drained the abcess in his surgery. i remember not being able to get myself to prick myself with the lance
t and it took me over an hour to get courage to do it. my doctor started me off on tablets but they didnt work so i started my regiume of insulin. Through the years of different jobs, change of situations i have learnt to cope with changing my insulin.
one thing i can hope anyone who is reading this is never give up hope and always always go see doctor if you suspect something is wrong with you. i didnt end up in hospital with the abscess but i almost did.
one positive side of things and i still smile about it today i bought two christmas stuffed mice toys on the day i found out and if im ever feeling down or frustrated with the regiume i go through i look at the mice and smile.
i hope to find new friends on here and are able to help others as well
have a lovely day

12 replies

IronOre 2012-07-12 22:38:57 -0500 Report

I remember the day that was was diagnosed in October of 1975.
The day that I was taken into the hospital was the same day that we found out that my uncle was missing; lost in a storm in the wilderness of Canada - they never found him.
There is a missing persons web page out there on him, which makes it easy for me to remember the date that I was diagnosed.

ravyngirl26 2012-07-13 01:17:41 -0500 Report

hi there IronOre, im sorry to hear of your uncle and hope you are coping well. i was born in calgary and raised till i was 3 then a kangaroo kidnapped me and took me to australia lol. well a big red flying kangaroo called qantas.

IronOre 2012-07-13 06:40:59 -0500 Report

Yes, I've seen Qantas. He is very famous and very big now.
He must have grown quite a bit since you were younger.
I am not sure how he got passed security at the airport but the last time I saw him playing on the runway.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-12 12:57:49 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to the family. I read your story and am glad you are with us. Hope is something you should never lose. I believe that without hope, you have nothing.

ravyngirl26 2012-07-13 01:15:34 -0500 Report

thank you its the first time i have joined a diabetic community but get frustrated talking to non diabetics that think oh all diabetics are the same and we all follow the same rules as such.

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