Hi, 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with
Type 1 diabetes. I am 61 years old—that's right, 61. My regular doctor was the one that told. I was shocked to say the least. I was convinced she was wrong—it had to be Type 2. I cancelled my next appointment with her because I thought she was a bad doctor. I had gotten all the supplies and convinced myself I wouldn't have to use them. I could diet and exercise it away. Then I saw the diabetes educator. She told me, yes, you are Type 1. By the end of the 2 hours with her, I then had to begin to accept this sentence. I have a terrible phobia when it comes to needles, not your usual fear. Using the smallest needle possible, I actually gave myself a shot before leaving my first appointment with her. This was to be just the beginning of my "education".
I have classes to take, appointments with different doctors. It's definitely a game changer. Is there anybody out there who was diagnosed after the age of 50? My doctor tells me it's highly unusual—but it does happen. I am cried out. Now, I'm depressed. I see an endocrinologist in a few weeks. I'm still hoping that my diagnoses is wrong. I am also Bipolar 1, so I was convinced it had to be Type 2 because of the Seroquel that I've been taking for the last 6 years. I'm told by my doctor it is not related to my diagnoses of Type 1. I am so afraid that I'll be unable to manage both of these illnesses. It's been a lot of work to manage the Bipolar, but I still have melt downs now and again. I'm afraid all this is too much to manage. It's incredibly overwhelming.
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