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I was diagnosed Feb 2009. I knew about it for about a year now. My BFF Raiza noticed that I was going to the bathroom every 2-3 hrs and drinking water like it aint no joke! So she said "dude! I think you have diabetes" now I didn’t know a thing about diabetes except no sugar! And I wasn’t ready to give up my chocolate bar. Although my mother was told she was a diabetic she says it’s gone and drinks soda like I drank water. Raiza has a father and a brother who are type 2. So his brother decided, He was gonna check your sugar, he did it was 280. I didn’t now what that meant and he said "Welcome to the club" I burst into tears. They said to go to the Dr and I put it off for about 6 months. Why? I was scared. My mother-in-law has type 2 as well and I learned more about it. I went to the Dr in Feb and he told me I was a Diabetic. "I know" I said. "Why are you here?" he said. "I needed to be told by a Dr and need treatment" he out me on 1000mg Metformin and put me in classes. I was told i was Type 2, I was the #1 student and got a free meter. OneTouch. Being the best got me an extra cute pink mini OneTouch. The pills made me sick and my levels wouldn’t go under 200. He went up to 1500mg nothing happened. He mixed Glucontrol and Metformin and I started to dehydrate. Fun! My Dr said that insulin might be right for me. I was terrified. I heard from type 2s that’s it’s the worst, yet they were on pills. I believed them. Also I'm a Type 1 turns out. I went to the hospital and got started on insulin, I cried when I was being taught to give myself my shot. I hated needles, I got over it now. I take 2 shots a day and my sugar ranges from 80-160 I’m happy about my shots because I’m leveled although I have my first visit with an endocrinologist the 30th of July. Anyways I found out about diabetes because of my best friend. I love her! Thanx Rai!!

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