Last week, momlogic brought you a first-person story about a mother's fight against her daughter's type 1 diabetes. For many of you, it was a wake-up call, but for others, the symptoms and warning signs our mom shared were all too familiar.
Take a look at what our community had to say:
Thank you for posting this story. I work with children in a school setting, and so I am always glad to read stories that can help in regards to health issues. Who knows, your story may end up saving some lives down the road! I wish you and Brynn all the best. -- Merry
Great story, definitely something all moms should read. I don't think I would have connected the dots either. Best of luck to her and your family. -- Kristen
My son, now 14, was diagnosed in Oct. of 2007. He was peeing a lot, having night accidents, etc., so we thought he might have a UTI. We wished it were that simple. It's pretty tough in the beginning, but it does get better to manage. He now has an OmniPod insulin pump, which is way better than injections. There are lots of good resources for help out there. One good one we joined is Children With Diabetes and Friends For Life -- they have conferences every year that are very helpful. -- Pete Lindemann
I had a similar story as you have. My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year when she was 11, after having chicken pox. I noticed all the obvious symptoms but never linked them to diabetes. No history of any type of diabetes on either side of our families. After I noticed all the symptoms, I brought her to the doctor but was told her body weight was still in an accepted range. It seemed the doctor was not being convinced by my describing her frequently going to the bathroom and taking lots to drink and losing weight. I asked for a urine test but all were showing normal (doctor didn't test her ketone!). I was relieved a bit. Then I asked for a blood test...The blood test showed her sugar level was 28 (UK), which is equivalent to 504 in the USA. She was asked to go to hospital immediately. Watching her injecting herself made me burst into tears. It took me a few months to calm down. Now I add myself to "Google alert -- type 1 diabetes" list. I am following the latest type 1 diabetes news and research progress and wish my daughter will not be missed by possible cure if there is one breakthrough. -- Nancy
Your story brought back lots of terrifying (and very similar!) memories. No type l in our families either until my son was diagnosed at age 12 after a bout with stomach flu. He is now 27 and in great health, by God's grace! He takes good care of himself & is faithful about testing. You have a beautiful daughter! After a while, you learn to work everything into your normal routine, like showering or brushing your teeth, and it won't seem so complicated or inconvenient. But for now, well, TRY to relax, learn all you can, and watch her grow up! -- Vicki F.
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