I know everyone on here has had a tough life but most of you really don't know how lucky you really are. I was diagnosed at the age of 14 months so I've never known a life without diabetes. I've never had the excitment of going to sweetie shop or enjoyed an ice-cream without the worry of "ill pay for this later when my sugars go mental". Since being diagnosed I've never really been stable. My body was reluctant towards insulin so it never really took the effect doctors expected. Every clinic I left crying from the age of 6 because doctors were constantly telling me I wasny trying hard enough and I wasn't doing my insulin or eating proper when I really was. At the age of just 6 I ASKED to be admitted and put on constant monitoring to prove I really was doing what I was supposed to. Doctors couldn't believe it when they actually seen I was doing everything I could and my sugars were still off the charts! No matter how hard I tried nothing worked... Why should I 6 year old have to worry about such things. When I was 6 I felt 26. I had no child hood. After so many year of my body resisting insulin it finally started to really take effect... I became realllly sensitive to insulin for about a year or so. One unit too much I would take hypo seizures one unit too little I would go into DKA. This eventually settled down.
On the 24th of September 2007 at the age of 8, I went into a diabetic coma only this time it was severe. I remember being carried in the door at A&E and set on a bed. At the door 2 doctors and 7 nurses met me and my parents and I was rushed to the paediatric ward. When I reached there I was connected to drips, insulin infusion, heart monitors, oxygen and a load of other stuff. The doctor told my parents to give him one hour to work with me and if I wasn't improving then I would be sent to intensive care. Thankfully in that hour he managed to slowly improve my sugars and brought my ketones down from 7.5 to 6.8 which was a relief. I was hospitalised for 2 and a half weeks. It took me about a month to recover fully.
When I was 9 years old I was fairly stable with only 7 hospital admissions that year.
When I was 10 I was bullied at scjool being called fat and ugly and a load of other stuff. I searched online and found out insulin makes you gain weight so I stopped taking it. At first I took little amounts but it began to get worse and worse. I got into the mind set of well at least if I'm gonna die ill die skinny. I know it seems extreme but I was a 10 year old girl facing the problems of what now seems like an eating disorder although then it didn't. My biggest fear in life is that I will die fat and at my wake (hopefully 80+ years from now) they will say "it'll be a tight carry" (the coffin will be really heavy to carry). I looked at myself in the mirror one day and thought 'I need help'. And that's what I did, got myself help! I began to see a child psycologist who helped me overcome this eating problem.
At age of 11 and 12 I began to accept my diabetes for what it really is.. A hurdle on my road to a hppy life. Although god has thrown these hurdles at me, he has taught me to jump them with pride and land on two feet.
At the age of 13 I started an online support group on facebook for teen diabetics which really is only currently used by local diabetics in my area but I hope it was prosper in the forseeable future.

So that pretty much is my life. I left out a few bits that are very emotional and personal to me but I think you guys now know the biggest end of me. I would love to answer any questions you might have and would love if you could leave a wee comment below it would mean the world to me. If you have any advise please leave it in a comment for me and I will reply promise.
I was thinking about starting a youtube channel to do vlogging about my diabetes and videos about what I carry everyday for diabetes or you know the usual diabetes related videos so I want to know what you guys would think if I did that?

If you've stuck it out til the end and read all this for me I thank you from the bottom of my heart! <3

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Comment by meee on January 3, 2014 at 6:14pm

Hi Sarah Louise,

I can't believe what you have been through- it is great that you are going to try to get in a better place with all of this. I think the FB page and youtube channel is a fantastic idea. Please post it here so we can follow you. Fantastic job you're doing with some major obstacles!

Comment by Judith in Portland on January 3, 2014 at 10:35pm

Wow! And brava! What a story. It's past my bedtime, but I will check in tomorrow. I'm so very glad you are here. Please keep us up to date...Blessings, my sweet...Judith in Portland...

Comment by Sara_Louise on January 4, 2014 at 5:22am
Thanks for your comments guys
Comment by catlover on January 4, 2014 at 7:09am
Sara Louise- You are a very brave girl. After all you have gone through to still be as positive as you are is amazing. I commend your fortitude. May you live long --- and prosper.
Comment by Sara_Louise on January 4, 2014 at 7:25am
Thanks for the advice
Comment by shoshana27 on January 4, 2014 at 11:41am

i agree with lots
you are strong
don't ever give up
i've had type 1 for 77 years since i was not yet 3 years old & have 3 children & 5 gr-kids
hugs

Comment by Caren on January 4, 2014 at 3:45pm

You are truly inspiring. I am a 16 year old diabetic and been diabetic for 8 years. Have you gone to diabetes camps before? Your story is incredible, and I am so glad you got help! You are so strong!!!

Comment by Linda G on January 4, 2014 at 4:02pm

Sara Louise sweetie...YOU are an inspiration to us all....THANK YOU ♥

Comment by Sara_Louise on January 4, 2014 at 5:47pm
I am astonished by the response! Thank you all so much for your vital help and support <3
Comment by shoshana27 on January 4, 2014 at 7:35pm

no i never went to D camp.
i was born in france & grew up there during ww2.
came to the usa in 1952.

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