Diabetes sucks. There I said it and it about summarizes all emotions that have occurred in the last four days.

Friday I heard about the five, count them that is F-I-V-E young ones who died because of Type 1 Diabetes.  There was a young woman who went into DKA while her parents were on vacation.  The callous reaction was to say, well she should have caught that she was high and treated. What was wrong with her? Reality--some people go into DKA very easily and the situation can quickly escalate out of control especially with no one to help you.


There was the nine year old little one who became so depressed that she took her own life.  She was nine! She was so devastated by this disease that she ended her life? Heartbreaking for those of us reading about it but the pain for the parents must be unimaginable.

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Tags: deaths, diabetes, hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, related

Comment by deanusa on January 31, 2011 at 3:32pm
this is so sad. im stunned.
Comment by Natalie ._c- on January 31, 2011 at 8:10pm
I'm posting the answer I put on Barb's blog, so that more people can see it:

I had a coma last September. If my friends hadn't come looking for me when I didn't show up for a picnic, and immediately gotten me to the Emergency Room, I would have died by the next morning.
The lesson for me, and I think a lot of diabetics, is how to recognize when you're in more trouble than you can handle by yourself. No one ever told me that when my BGs were in the 400 - 600 range and I COULDN'T get them down, no matter how much insulin I took, I was in danger. The girl who died in DKA may have tried to self-treat, and didn't know to call 911. I certainly didn't. The best I could say is that I knew I was in trouble, but I didn't know how much.
I'd love to see a column, and more advocacy about how to know when you need help.
Comment by LaGuitariste on February 1, 2011 at 12:50am
Yep. It sucks.

But we keep putting one foot in front of the other because all of us DESERVE to live and have happy lives.

We really, really do.

Diabetes can kiss my hind foot. I'm not going to let it paralyze me with fear. No way, no how.

Living on and living well are the best ways to honor our beloved dead. Those of us who can need to keep fighting until we find a cure.


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