Diagnosed with Diabetes

My StoryI was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 9. At the time we were oblivious to the signs as it didn’t affect us. Turns out I ended up in a coma as I had went in to a Diabetic Ketoacidosis and also had a urinary Tract Infection. Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a potentially life-threatening complication in patients with diabetes mellitus. DKA results from a shortage of insulin; in response the body switches to burning fatty acids and producing acidic ketone bodies that cause most of the symptoms and complications.  Since then I have been an advocate of making people aware of the symptoms to look out for so they can get the diagnosis early on and avoid serious complications.

The only person I knew that had Diabetes was a girl in my class but like with everything else when it doesn’t affect your life you turn a blind eye. I was brought to the Doctors and took a urine test and was diagnosed then and there and was told to get straight to the hospital. All I knew about Diabetes was I would NEVER be able to eat sugar again (or so I thought) and all I wanted for my ‘last treat’ was an ice pop before going to A & E. I spent two weeks recovering in hospital and learning all about the autoimmune disease, learning how to carbohydrate count and how to take injections. At that time (17 years ago!!!) I was on actual syringes and not the new disposable pens which was even more daunting but like with everything else in life it soon becomes second nature.

It is vital that people are aware of these signs because you never know it might happen to a family member or friend in the future as it is so common. Currently it is estimated that 225,850 people in Ireland alone are living with Diabetes!

Signs & Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

  1. Thirsty– Like at the time I could not quench my thirst. I would sit in the bathroom during the night and drink from the tap it was that bad. I was 9 and I began wetting the bed! It was so embarrassing and confusing! I didn’t understand why this was happening. Obviously I know now it was because I was drinking tonnes of water.
  1. Tiredness- I am talking about chronic fatigue were you just cannot keep your eyes open where you sleep at any opportunity. The reason for this is your blood sugars are so high and you need insulin to bring it down.
  1. Weight Loss– Before I went to the Doctors and got diagnosed I woke from another nap to go to the toilet and my trousers fell down as I had lost that much weight in the space of a few hours. It happens rapidly due to Diabetic ketoacidosis(DKA).
  1. Frequent Urination– Any person with Diabetes will tell you that a good chunk of the day is spend running to the loo. Still to this day I wake at least once if not twice during the night to go to the toilet.

I hope one day this enables you to identify these signs in somebody you know to ensure efficient treatment. I would love to hear YOUR story about the day you were diagnosed – How did you find out you had Diabetes? How old were you? Share your story and help spread awareness of Type 1 Diabetes which is one of the most common illnesses amongst young people in Ireland.


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2 thoughts on “Diagnosed with Diabetes

  1. Hi it’s nearly a year since I was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 28. It’s been an interesting year. Like you I had all the noticeable symptoms. I was drinking 8-9 litres of water a day, running to the loo every 15 minutes, I lost 20 pounds in the space of a month. My eyesight also deteriorated quite rapidly and I was throwing up occasionally. Coupled with this I was experiencing palpitations and a rapid heart rate.

    I’d had a bad flu and had just started a new job and was touring with a play so for a couple of weeks I thought it was just my body recovering and getting used to so many different things going on. When things didn’t settle after a couple of weeks I decided to get blood tests done as I knew something was off and the warning signs for diabetes were there.

    The results confirmed I had Type 1 diabetes and also another autoimmune disorder called Grave’s Disease which had led to an overactive thyroid. Like Type 1 diabetes, there is no cause or cure for Grave’s Disease but there is treatment for the hyperthyroidism. The diabetes accounted for the thirst, frequent urination, eye sight blurring, throwing up (as my ketone levels were high) and the weight loss. The Grave’s Disease accounted for the accelerated heart rate (150!), the palpitations, and also weight loss and throwing up.

    It was a relief to find out what was causing all my symptoms and to get started on treatment immediately. Even though I didn’t feel terrible all the time, there was definitely something wrong so I’m really glad I got the blood tests done before either condition got worse.

    It’s been a funny year. I do feel a lot better yet everything I do has been affected by this. I’ve also found it really difficult to deal with other people’s attitudes. There’s the usual comments about “You shouldn’t eat that”, “You should have eaten less sweets when you were younger” and “Diabetes isn’t that serious though is it?” Also because I don’t look sick people assume I’m fine as both conditions don’t display symptoms as long as you’re managing them properly. They don’t realise that the management is the part that takes so much effort. Since the notion that diabetes means you can’t ever ear sugar is so ingrained in people’s heads, it can be really frustrating dealing with people who don’t know that sugar is what’s needed at times. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been treating a hypo with sweets or a sugary drink and someone says “tut tut” or makes a comment like “Well you’re not too concerned with your diabetes are you?” Some people are very sceptical when you tell them that sugar is the treatment during a hypo and without it you run the risk of losing consciousness. It’s almost as if they think I have my facts wrong! On the other hand, I’ve found many people to be very understanding as they weren’t aware of this and they’ve been incredibly supportive. I’ve been very lucky with my friends and family during this year and although it was a shock to go from being always healthy to two autoimmune disorders in one day, it’s a relief to know that they’re being treated and under control.

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    1. Thank you for also sharing your story. I totally understand and agree with everything you said. Especially the people who judge but its only because thats all they know about Diabetes. Thats why I think it is so important to educate people on this topic as it is so rampant unfortunately! I can’t believe you were also diagnosed with Graves Disease. They were testing me for that before too but turns out it was a misdiagnosis. I also have arthritis since Im 16 and and now they think I have Asthma the list goes on and on. It is so frustrating that we are more prone to these conditions. I know it is a daily battle but the hard work will pay off in the future 🙂


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