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Jan 03, 2019 18:59:44

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by @keni PATRON | 200 words | 314πŸ”₯ | 318πŸ’Œ

Keni

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How has type 1 diabetes affected you?

Someone asked that on Facebook.
I was diagnosed at 17. Had all the symptoms - weight loss, dehydration, and constant hunger. The diagnosis was quick. A simple test confirmed it.

219.

The normal range is 70-120.

Then came the avalanche of instructions: 
No sweets. Ever.
Eat low-carb.
Drink lots of water.
Take daily insulin shots.
Don't pursue a stressful career.

I was a confused teenager wondering why my mother wouldn’t stop crying.

It’s been many years since then.

How has it affected me?

I am hyper-aware of my mortality. There is a constant reminder of how fragile life is.
So I chase experiences and moments every day. I try not to hold a grudge with a loved one. Just in case, that was our last interaction. I am famous for demanding hugs. Nothing is more delicious than feeling the embrace of the people I care about. Ego is the main recipe for regret.

When I experience an episode of hypoglycemia - I may weep like a baby for a few seconds but I move on. I am not afraid of dying anymore. Death will have to work harder to get to me.

I am busy living. 

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    @keni Thank you for sharing your story about diabetes. It sounds like you are living life to the fullest as you should be! Hugs are great. When we hug people we get an oxytocin release. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in September of last year. This is my story: https://theascent.pub/this-is-how-i-will-reverse-type-2-diabetes-3f97ed6ff1e5

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 17, 2019 14:54:23
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      @brandonwilson - wow. That is a very nice detailed post and I am surprised at the A1C at diagnosis. I didn't know type 2 could go that high.
      We have a very similar approach to healthcare and I love your attitude. Good luck.
      I will love to get a reminder about your post in past tense - 'How I reversed my type 2' :)

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 17, 2019 16:14:06
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      @keni Thank you for reading! I can't WAIT to write that post.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 18, 2019 15:21:23
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    @keni woow... <3

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 13, 2019 00:34:21
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      @lucjah - Thank you :)

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 13, 2019 17:43:49
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