Like Every Type One, I Also Have a Story...But

Hi there.

I'm Mike. Type one diabetic for 22 years since age 7. I'd like to share my story. It's a decent one, I promise.

No one in my immediate circle of family, friends, doctors, or colleagues know, much less understand, how people can just "get" Type One. You get sick, like extremely ill. Doctors do the tests, then they make the official diagnosis--that's usually how it goes, right?

In Memorial Day weekend, 1991, that's pretty much how it went. After going from chugging Minute Maid juice boxes, to throwing up over your bunk bed and waking up your sibling that was sleeping below you, to making frequent bathroom visits (5 minute intervals), to seeing white bedsheets and wearing some hospital gown that was marginally comfortable?

You might be familiar with that sequence of events. Two things that I will absolutely never forget from the week that I stayed at the hospital, and will always remember--invaluable memories, you know:

- The NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) with Mega Man 2 and 3, playing those games from my hospital bed on a 9-inch screen TV retrieved from home. Regardless of what you think about fictional video game characters and the general relevance of that medium to children and adults, Mega Man (the eponymous character) was, is, and will always be the figure of light that was there for me, fighting for everlasting peace (see Mega Man 1's ending for reference) and making that week in the hospital all the more bearable. When I play as Mega Man in those games, not even the Type One diabetes diagnosis was able to beat me. At least, at the time.

- Telling my family to not cry, and that everything will be OK. I was the only one in the hospital room not crying, but they all were. A 7 year old telling his parents and siblings to pretty much stay know, having an IV stuck in you is much less of a concern than seeing your family going through emotional pain that affects you more.

So then, began the trials, the training of the OneTouch II blood glucose measuring devices, the playing with syringes (yeah, I actually took a few extra syringes and played Watergun Cop before getting in trouble), and the sessions with dieticians and regular visits with one of the best endocrinologists I've ever met, Dr. Nancy Bohannon.

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Comment by Gb on April 29, 2013 at 6:02pm

Keep writing, please. I have T2, and experiences like yours are new to me.

Comment by Teena on April 29, 2013 at 7:10pm

Thank you for sharing your story Mike...Your strength as a child is amazing.

Comment by Jacob's mom on April 30, 2013 at 4:31am

nice story mike, it does represent the resilience of children, living in the moment, after the initial shock, my son enjoyed the chicken fingers tremendously in the hospital, happily did his homework and was super happy to come home and see his dog and just be home, that time almost seems bitter sweet because we all did not really know how arduous the diabetes road would be, and by the way there were only a few tears in the hospital by me when i thought he was sleeping, he woke up and reassured my like he still does, the other day he said he was a 4 year veteran with all sorts of experience so i shouldnt worry! keep writing mike i would like to here more of your story, i hope you have maintained some of the can do innocence of your youth! many blessings, amy

Comment by Mike Polce on May 14, 2013 at 11:41pm

Thank you, all, for your comments. There's a lot more to tell with my story, and to do so with the intent solely to help reach out to those that have gone through, or are currently experiencing, similar experiences.


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