When I was newly diagnosed and hospitalized with diabetes back in my early 20s, I knew absolutely nothing about the disease that would forever more, be mine. The extent of my knowledge about diabetes was largely based on what I had seen of Julia Roberts' character in Steel Magnolias. I remember my main thought upon hearing my diagnosis was, "Oh my God!!! I'll never have babies!! And my life won't be long."
Like I said, I didn't know anything. I didn't even know there was a Type 1 and a Type 2 diabetes, and that they were actually totally different diseases. Apparently, the nurses in the hospital weren't real clear on the facts of diabetes either. I remember one nurse in particular saying to me, "Well, you don't look like you have diabetes! Maybe you just ate a little too much birthday cake." I turned to my husband (who had recently had a birthday, and yes, I had been eating way too much of his cake because I was just starving-- and so thirsty!) and said, "Oh my God- Maybe she's right. Maybe this isn't diabetes but just some weird reaction to something I've eaten. This doctor is probably crazy."
No one in my family had ever had diabetes. I didn't really know anyone with diabetes. And isn't Juvenile Diabetes something you get when you're a juvenile? I was an adult in my 20s!
This was 20 years ago, and now 20 years later, there is still a lot of misunderstanding and confusion to the general public about my type of diabetes... Type 1.
So, before we go any further along on this blog, please watch this excellent- and funny- video about the misconceptions about T1 Diabetes!