hi. anyone get diagnosed with type 1 later in life? i got it at 32 yrs old. it hit me fast.within a few months i lost about 20lbs...lost most of my eye sight...couldnt remember anything. so exhausted....thirst beyond belief.....it was a huge adjustment b/c i lived 32 yrs without it. i felt like i litterally started my life over. it was so overwhelming. id love to hear from ppl tht got it even in their early 20s. ive only had it 5 yrs so it took me til now to finally get things under somewhat of control. i am very outgoing n always felt very insync with others...now having diabetes i find a part of me feels very "alone" even though im not. even when i explain what im going threw at times..i know tht ppl dont really get what im goin threw. wld love to hear from ppl in the same boat as me. :))
ok great. i will check them out thx :)
I got my diagnosis almost 3 years ago now, 2 months before my 30th birthday. Had all the symptoms you mentioned except for really the exhaustion, I still tried to mountain bike although I really hurt my leg muscles on one ride a while before I went to the doctor, took a week before I could kneel down without pain.
I'm actually more glad I developed it later after I matured, I've seen the struggles of younger kids in my hometown and a college aged co-worker while attending the university, a handful of times we found him in the backroom/breakroom conscious but unresponsive and had to call for an ambulance on two occasions. I was more acutely aware of the dangers and took it on myself to educate myself as much as possible which I don't think I would have handled as well in high school or while still at the university.
Ah Jessica, I was 71 when diagnosed. I get other ppl into it by telling them what I'm doing and what's next if I eat such and such, and when I'll test next (since they're in the car and I'm driving)! There's a whole bunch of things I do to get my friends actively thinking with me. Every person on earth has an "alone" part of them. If it isn't T1, it's something else. I'm usually with much younger people than I am and they're always surprised by the routines I use to keep me remembering to test, to substitute lower carbs, and on and on. They're also surprised that insulin doesn't cover everything I might put in my mouth - and that insulin has to cover carbs, not just sugar! So, you are NOT ALONE! Keep talking here, and you'll never be alone! I thoroughly enjoy life with everyone - it's a WONDERFUL boat!
awww thanks leo2
Hi jessica- You are a young'un, dx'ed at only 32. I was dx'ed 13 years ago at age 55. There was no question that I was a type-1. My BG was 500 and ketones were over 400. I too am glad I was dx'ed in later life. I do feel for the children dx'ed so young. They have so many more years to have D than I will. This site is so great to be with people who really "get it". When you feel alone, just come to TuD and you will find a friend.
yes on here i feel understood n validated :)
what exactly is lada n mody?
Diagnosed at 41; a couple of years ago. I find that people really have no clue what it's like to live with diabetes. I try to explain but I watch their eyes glaze over after a few seconds. People tend to focus on the needles but lose sight of the big picture.
I think part of the difficulty is that a lot of people with Diabetes look perfectly healthy. It makes it hard for people to see the difficulty with it.
yes ppl dwnplay it n act like eating right is all we need to do. it pisses me off. diabetes is a job thts 24 hrs a day..no vacas no breaks.
I hate when people tell me, "Oh you must have eaten too many sweats?"
When people think Diabetic they automatically think of someone who is morbidly obese who gorged until they threw their blood sugar out of wack.
Then they found out that someone like me (who looks completely "normal" and even above average)has it and they can't wrap their brain around the concept.
Heck, I did not think I was at ANY risk for Diabetes. It was the last thing I was ever worried about to be honest.
Then oneday I wake up in the hospital on an insulin drip...now I'm injecting insulin, testing my glucose, and counting calories and carbs.
I finally found out that I have a family history of it. Four uncles on my mother's side ALL have it.
yeh i get that. ive heard evthing from...uve prob partied too hard n didnt take care of urself...to how cld u possibly have this? ur a vegatarian n nvr eat bad." yeh no sh*t lol duh! ask my pancreas why it retired idk! but it doesnt have anything to do w me not taking care of myself at all. it used to really bother me. now i just laugh n make them feel as dumb as possible lol!