I'm an open book when it comes to everything I've been through, I feel that the people know the more they understand me. Like say if you asked me what my profession is, I would say babysitting and trust me I've gotten some weird looks followed by why aren't you doing so and so? And then it leads to a very long followed up answer about my medical history and why I can't really have a career even though I would like to have one. So here is a longish speal about me and my medical history for those daring enough to read it. :P

I have type two diabetes induced by steroids that I've been on post kidney transplant in 2001. I have full renal kidney failure, neither of my kidneys are working. I was 16 going on 17 when they finally stopped functioning. I had to go on dialysis just to stay alive while looking for a donor, six months later we found that two of my aunts were a match. They had a long discussion on who wanted to give their kidney. My aunt from my mom's side of the family decided she wanted to, so I guess you could say I have one on reserve should anything happen, lol. Its been eight years now and it's still going strong. I have a feeling that by the time I need to worry about another kidney, stem cell research will be able to fix my kidneys, yes I support stem cells, can you blame me? Moving on, my kidney failure was the result of massive amounts of full body radiation and chemo for Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer I was diagnosed with at age three. I only had a 10% chance of surviving and back then they had no idea how to treat it so my treatment was fully experimental. My parents said it was that or watch me die so I became a guinea pig as the cancer was in its last stages and had already spread throughout my body. I don't remember any of it being that I was so young but twenty-two years later here I am still in remission without any reoccurance. However, I have had a lot of long term effects that I'm still dealing with, kidney failure and diabetes are just two of the many things affected by the treatment. My growth and development was also affected, that is why I'm so small and young looking. I have high frequency hearing loss, I can't hear high pitched noises and often there are tones people exert that I can't hear and often confuse what they're saying (sadly there's not really any technology for the sort of thing). I have hypothyroidism, hypertension, high cholesterol, the works. I'm currently twenty-five going on twenty-six in June. I'm 'married' spiritually to my husband, we don't believe in legal marriage, we've been together five years and 'married' for two. We want to try for children next year but this will prove to be a difficult task as I have hypothamic dysfunction and a poor ovarian reserve. At least we got the second hardest part out of the way, names. :P

Some day I hope to publish a book or two and write books for children. I just got to get my mind gears in motion. I'm very much into art and photography (I photographed two weddings), I love to draw, my secret dream is to become a tattoo artist, I am very much into the art of tattooing. I make weird crafts all the time, right now I'm experimenting with pump cases. I also love Sea Turtles and hope to help conserve their species at some point in my life, but I doubt I'll ever see a Sea Turtle sanctuary in the suburbs of Upstate NY, ahah. I think that wraps it up, over all I'm a pretty idealistic person and I try to look on the lighter side of things. "Live, Laugh, Love" as they say.

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Comment by Domo! on April 28, 2009 at 1:18pm
oh forgot the most important part! Your a sugar zombie!
Comment by Steve R on May 1, 2009 at 3:18am
Thanks for all you write here and welcome to TuDiabetes. I have a kidney transplant too, but that came a long time after type 1 diabetes.


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