It was like any other summer, except my parents noticed that I was sleeping more than usual, I was always thirsty and I had to go to the restroom almost 3 times in just an hour. I, only being 11, thought it was completely normal as a child to be experiencing these "symptoms". My parents also didn 't have a big concern because they didn 't know what could be wrong with me nor did they have knowledge of any possible diseases that I could have. Until one night, I accidentally wet the bed, twice within 2 hours, while I was awake, and was unaware of it.
My parents then knew something was wrong. My mom scheduled a doctor’s appointment for the next day and that 's basically when everything changed, for the worst yet the best. I remember explaining to the doctor all the symptoms I had, and they required me to take a lot of blood test. But without knowing exactly what was wrong, they told me I could go home and they would call back when they get the blood result back. A few days later, I was enjoying my summer day at home wit my siblings when my mom called. I remember this phone call as if it happened yesterday; my mom told me "Kamele, I 'll be home in a few minutes. You need to pack your bags for a few nights, we are going to the hospital." I had no idea what was going on but had a million emotions running through my mind. The long 45 minutes to the hospital that felt like a 3-hour road trip was in complete silence. I didn 't even notice that the volume to the radio was turned down all the way, until my mom pointed it out and said, "You must be nervous huh? You haven 't listened to any music this whole drive" and at that point it hit me. I was so worried at what could be wrong with me that made the doctor tell my mom th...
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...ng out for me so they can worry less. Fortunately, living on my own and having to take care of myself has made me an independent person. It makes me proud to know that after all these years of continuously asking myself “Why did this happen to me?”, “Out of my whole family, how come only I have Type 1 Diabetes?”, “What did I do to deserve this?” it’s only understanding that everything happens for a reason. It has been a bumpy road getting to where I am today because I still don’t fully accept that I have diabetes or the understanding and knowledge of this disease, and I know that there’s nothing I can do except educate others on this disease and hope that one day there is a cure. And always remind myself that God wouldn’t put me through anything He knows I couldn’t handle and with this, I will never let diabetes kick my butt but instead, I will kick diabetes butt.
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