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How old were you when you first diagnosed with type 1?? And how long do you have it??

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Dzialo, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. saintly1

    saintly1 Type 1 · Member

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    I was 33/34 it was very unexpected I thought to get type 1 at my age & only known for over a year .
     
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  2. saintly1

    saintly1 Type 1 · Member

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    Know the feeling!
    I still find it so strange...
     
  3. PseudoBob77

    PseudoBob77 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was 12 years old and coming up to 27 years in February 2016. I hated the world, hated my parents for taking me to hospital. I had severe DKA, lost half my bodyweight over 6 months, dire thirst, frequent urination, bed wetting, vomitting. I have vivid memories of throwing up in the school sink at lunchtime then in the afternoon desperate to get to the water fountain for a drink. DKA looking back on it, your body is in the process of dieing, I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

    Oh yes I mentioned on the post Diabetes Birthday, the Frank Bruno Vs Tyson fight was on that night I was admitted in hospital on 25th Feb 1989.

    I used to use syringes and draw insulin out of a bottle, then blood tests were on strips which you had to wait two minutes then check against a colour scale on the side of the tube.

    Almost 3 decades on and i'm still alive and kicking.
     
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  4. Type1Lad

    Type1Lad Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    i was 19 have had it for 5 years 7 months till my diaversery :p
     
  5. jacksop87

    jacksop87 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I don't know why, but I've started to weird myself out with the injections! Been fine for the last two weeks with it but the last two days I keep struggling. Had to get my girlfriend to do it last night I got that weirded out!

    Are sugar free red bulls ok? I would have thought the caffeine and taurine wouldn't be good for a diabetic?
     
  6. PseudoBob77

    PseudoBob77 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah all that caffeine can drive you nuts if you get hooked on it, for a couple of months i got addicted to the sugar free monster drinks, 4x 500ml cans a day every other day in the week plus tea and coffee. It can have random effects on your insulin sensitivity, coming down off that was nasty, i got severe pounding headaches for a week or two after slowing down/stopping my caffeine intake. Now i just drink one cup of tea a day and hot cocoa, never thought i'd get away from caffeine addiction, even tea i used to have 6-8 cups a day.
     
  7. jacksop87

    jacksop87 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I was drinking a can a day of full sugar energy drinks. My GP went bonkers and sent me straight to A&E when I was first diagnosed! I only went for a check up I had no idea.

    I had a screaming headache all of last week and some weird readings but they have levelled out now and are dropping slowly too. Don't think I'll touch them ever again but interesting to know sugar free ones are 'permissible'.
     
  8. hello123

    hello123 Type 1 · Member

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    My story on same lines
     
  9. bruce_no1

    bruce_no1 Type 1 · Member

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    I was 3 when diagnosed and am 46 now so 43 years.
     
  10. Donna1

    Donna1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was 33 years old have it 2.5 years. Was jus comin to end of my nursing course. Found the diagnosis hard to take but ye get used to it. As much as i hate it i cant remember life now without it.
     
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    7 so over 15 years ago !!
     
  12. Matthew-G-Bell

    Matthew-G-Bell Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was 10, I've had it for 6 years now.
     
  13. Lisbet

    Lisbet Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Blackers183 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was 38 (1991) and was recovering from a bad flu virus, could not stop drinking/peeing. Was BGL 24 when went to the local GP and was put in insulin straight away, type 1 from the beginning!!!!!!
     
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    Yeppa Type 1 · Newbie

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    I'm 18, diagnosed 8 months ago. It basically destroyed my life, because doctors said I can't work in my profession.
     
  16. PseudoBob77

    PseudoBob77 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That sucks especially if it's something you're passionate about. Unfortunately type 1 is classed as to high risk in certain lines of work. You're young, I was to busy getting drunk and going out to night clubs at your age, I never had a profession until my mid twenties then studied for 5 years whilst working full time.

    You'll find a new direction, it'll take time to figure it out.
     
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  17. lizholder

    lizholder Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi I was 44 years old when I was told I had Type 1 in 2014 bit of a life changer
     
  18. lely

    lely · Well-Known Member

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    I was 30. pregnant with my son. 9 years this month although can't remember date. I remember reading a post somewhere, shortly after diagnosis,from a lady who said she was celebrating 40 years of being a diabetic and her son had recently been diagnosed he was 11 at the time so that boy would now be 20. the post she wrote was so inspiring and comforting as I didn't know anything about diabetes and assumed it was basically the beginning of the end for me. whoever she was reading that helped me so much as I hope these posts will for others newly diagnosed.
     
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  19. Mrsass

    Mrsass Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Diagnosed type 1 aged 3years old. 29 now so 26 years. Can't remember life without it so I feel lucky haven't had to adjust my life, this is just a way of life for me, I feel for the people who have to completely change their lives, must be hard
     
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  20. squibsy

    squibsy Type 1 · Newbie

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    Diagnosed aged 10 in 1981 so 34 years. See n a lot of changes. I remember leaving hospital with a glass syringe! Thankfully I never had to use it.

    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
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