Diabetes is a familiar word in our family history. Every generation for the past four, has someone with the disease, so the signs and symptoms have been recognized and memorized for years. When our dog of 8 1/2 years began excessively drinking water and urinating more than usual, we feared the...
by vmckee
My diabetes story is a juxtaposition of two deadly diseases; the disease of diabetes and the disease of an eating disorder. I have struggled with an eating disorder since I was about thirteen years old. The fight for my life began on January 2, 2002. I will never forget that day in January when...
by Evangeline
So, 17 years ago I get hit with pancreatitis. Cause? Incomplete development of pancreas in utero. It worked fine for 42 years, then the pancreas stopped. $125,000+ in medical bills later and I'm a regular at the ER for 100mg of Demerol and go home to rest and recover. At the beginning, my...
by lattaslaw
At age 51, I began to notice my vision was diminishing so I went to the eye doctor and got fitted for glasses fro the first time in my life. After a few more years I noticed again changes in vision but my prescription had not changed greatly so he recommended I see a specialist because he thought...
by CLIFFORD R SURRELL
In retrospect, no one really knew that Agent Orange might contribute to the cause of type 2 diabetes. I knew before Vietnam that I didn't want to go there. Now, 40 years later, I have learned some of the fallout. Exposure in Vietnam might have been how it started, but until February of 2004, when...
by Jim
I was diagnosed in January 2004 with type II diabetes. I was not feeling well and just lost my job which I had for 12 years. I feel asleep at work and got fired. I went to my doctor and told him I have been falling asleep a lot for no reason so he sent me to have a sleep study and also some...
by studman805
About three years ago, my 18-year-old cat Skeeter started losing weight and drinking more. A LOT more. My vet confirmed that he was diabetic and that he would need to be given one unit of Lantus insulin twice day. Coupled with my cat's heart murmur, FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease), and...
by Jillo
It's hard to believe that Morgan, age 12, was diagnosed with juvenile (Type 1) diabetes a little more than 3 years ago. The initial shock of her diagnosis has subsided, but there are times that it all seems surreal. Morgan has adjusted to her new life with diabetes, much better than her father and...
The day was May 28, 2007. I remember it quite vividly, even now. I sat in the parking lot for a good twenty minutes; chain smoking Marlboro cigarettes and contemplating whether I should actually put aside my fear and go into the medical center. Deliberating as I finished the rest of my pack, I...
I open my eyes before the alarm rings. My body knows this routine, and it awakens seconds ahead of the chime. I marvel that some unseen timekeeper within my body alerts me before my clock has that chance. In the silence, I don't allow it the pleasure of ringing. I slip out of bed, and follow...
by Guest