Who here thought they were "too healthy for diabetes"?

Yep, that's what my 18 year old mind believed when I was first diagnosed with type 1....I go into detail about it on my blog post at the JDCA: http://jdca2025.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/too-healthy-to-get-diabates/

But I was wondering - anyone else really shocked and found it hard to swallow when you were told you have diabetes? I mean, obviously everyone is surprised when they are told they have a chronic condition, but it's almost funny to me the kind of thoughts I had initially...life definitely teaches you that there is no such thing as being "too-healthy" for any disease, let alone diabetes.

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Comment by Tim on March 28, 2012 at 1:26pm

I was diagnosed when I was in deep deep DKA at age 14. I was happy to know that I wasn't going to keep on dying, I was going to get insulin and I was going to get better. Literally... I was going in and out of consciousness and knocking on death's door.

I never thought I was too healthy for diabetes because I never knew what diabetes was until then. If I was too healthy why did I spend two weeks in the hospital hooked up to IV's recovering from DKA.

Obviously, those who started the acceptance process differently than me... may have had more acceptance challenges than me.

Comment by Melitta on March 28, 2012 at 7:18pm

I was 35 years old when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and I remember saying bitterly to a physician friend of mine, "Look what all my exercise and good eating habits got me." My siblings said, "You are the healthiest eater of all of us!" But I did slowly get over that when I realized it was an autoimmune disease and nothing I did could have prevented it. But when I was diagnosed, I was competing in 5Ks, hiking 20+ miles at a stretch, practicing yoga daily, and eating well. Those things have nothing to do with "why" but they certainly helped me to cope as I went through the total life transition.


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