Some people on here have responded to more than one of my posts, so for that, I thank you for keeping up on my situation.
This post is about the financial toll that diabetes has taken on my (relatively young) life.
Let's start at the beginning.
I was diagnosed at age 11 (1996), the second child in a blue-collar family to be diagnosed type 1 within about a four year window.
My parents SOMEHOW managed to maintain enough insurance during those overlapping teenage years to cover our care. Both my younger brother and I had hypoglycemic seizures during the first 5 years or so that I was diagnosed. (He still has them occasionally) My parents are in no shape to support or pay for either of us or our medical care.
If you read my "about me" section, you'll understand the impact those seizures had on my ability to maintain normal sugars for fear of the lows. I now have neuropathy and retinopathy at age 25 and am finally taking some cautious steps toward bringing myself back into range.
There seems to be no end to the hell I've faced in keeping jobs that not only accept my disease but also accommodate it (yes I know all about discrimination laws, but none of my jobs have been worth fighting for, really.)
Between the job difficulties, even with a bachelor's degree, and the massive medical bills from hospital and endocrinologist visits I was finally able to get temporary state assistance.
Now I have to file bankruptcy because I can't find full-time work in any field, let alone my major (graphic design)
I feel like a mess and an embarrassment and a failure even though I'm working harder on my disease management than I have in the past.
Does anyone else feel this kind of pressure? This kind of need to just surrender? Is it just the economy... or is it the inevitable with a poorly-managed disease?