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Let the Countdown Begin

Well, it’s July 4th.  Happy Independence Day. I promised myself that this year – the 30th year – I would write about the memories, good and bad, that have occurred since the day I became a part of the T1D family.  So here goes…

While the official diagnosis day is July 24th, my journey to joining the T1D family began prior to that.  I can’t remember exactly when.  I was only 9 years old at the time.  The only things on my mind at the time were cartoons, playing, and beating up my little brother (not really, but really).

What I do remember is the tremendous weight loss. I was a husky kid at the time, maybe 110 lbs. Other than myself, the only other person who really took notice was my grandmother. I remember her fussing with my mom because she didn’t feel it was necessary to bring me to the doctor. I remember my grandmother punching more holes in my belt so I could tighten my pants. I remember one final that before my mother gave in.

I remember Dr. Mason telling us he had an idea of what was going on, but he wanted to run a few tests to be sure. I remember how easy it was to give a urine sample seeing how I drank so much water during that time.

Dr. Mason said he would call as soon as he has some news and we went on our way. We stopped at McDonald’s and I got me a happy meal (turned out to be a big mistake). By the time we got home, mom was carrying me – I couldn’t walk. “The doctor said call him as soon as possible,” we were told as my mother laid me on the bed. She picked up the phone…

“Dr. Mason. It’s Ms. Wright…”

Mom turned and looked at me with tears in her eyes and everything…

went…

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You don’t know how many times I heard “He’s lucky to be here,” and “I don’t know how he made it,” those days after I woke up. I really didn’t have a clue of everything that was going on. I also didn’t know what was in store for me the next few days and the next 30 years. But I was about to find out. And it was all coming at the hands of a short, female doctor from India, who had quite a mean streak in her…

Next time: What do you mean everyday?!?!?

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