Sorry for the dramatic title, it was meant to attract your attention (sorry for the long text but I needed to get it out of my chest) thanks in advance for taking your time to read! :D
Hello everyone, I'm a female medical student, 20 years old, I used to be from the tennis national team so you could tell I've always been a "healthy" girl. When I was 15 I started to have symptoms like blurry vision, I didn't pay much attention to it because I don't like to complain, but one day I almost fainted at school and I was sent to the hospital and nothing abnormal was found. Then 4 years later once again I almost fainted… I went to the internist, cardiologist, neurologist… I made load of tests and they were normal. I skipped the glucose tolerance test because I don't have family history of DM… but one day in the physiology class we made an oral glucose tolerance test and I was getting constant 305's… so I suspected an intolerance to glucose and went to the endocrinologist. After several tests I was diagnosed with T2.
my BMI is 21.8, I'm kinda thin… I was shocked at first but I took it the best way I could, I've changed my diet minimally because I've always ate suuuper healthy (no fast foods, and
loads of fruits and veggies), and I continued to make exercise.
My "philosophy" (sorry if it sounds cheesy) is to promote patient adherence to treatment, and to help patients in every single aspect of their disease (emotionally, physically…). But lately I've been struggling with my own diabetes, it's quite overwhelming to be diagnosed with T2 at 20… actually everyone is surprised because I don't look like the conventional type 2 diabetic patient.
I have made a lot of changes in my life, I don't have that much freedom to go for a dinner with my boyfriend, and in my pathology book I read "diabetes" in almost like every pathology (sorry I'm exaggerating) so it's quite frightening. I consider myself to be a good student (I dedicate my work to my future patients) but lately I've been so distraught because of my own diagnosis! So it adds a lot to my frustration.
I know that I have to learn to manage my condition in order to be a better doctor, but sometimes I'm frustrated to deal with a chronic unexpected condition, maybe because I'm still young but. .. any advice in how to cope with it? I would be so thankful for it! :)
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