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Narrative Essay On Type 1 Diabetes

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Do you know someone who is or was gravely affected by a disease? I do. My brother, Billy, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) when I was 10 years old. When we first realized that he was not feeling okay, we were at school when one of my friends’ mom noticed and told my mom. Before this incident, I was irresponsible and did not pay much attention to anyone other than myself. Waiting in the the waiting room of the doctors office felt like an eternity after they ran tests on my brother. While waiting there my brothers and I were just playing games on my mom’s phone while she sat nervously. She had a look on her face that I have not seen many times before. At the time, I had a general idea of what diabetes was but never thought about how serious, time-consuming, and life changing it is. The only thing that was on my mind at the time was how much homework I had that night. Right when we heard those life changing words, “He has diabetes,” we knew our lives, especially Billy’s, had changed. My mom started calling my dad to meet them at DuPont and my grandparents to watch my brother, Matt, and me. When we got home, my mom started rushing around the house making sure she had enough stuff for the hospital for that night. Billy, who was eight years old, had …show more content…

But, when Billy got home, after being in the hospital for eleven days, my parents payed much more attention to what Billy did and what he was eating. My life changed a lot when he came home because there was so much to learn and it was all so confusing. My life is a little more chaotic now than before because no matter where we go he has to have his kit with him and we’re always making sure he feels okay, no matter where we go. We also go a lot of sleepless nights when his numbers are messed up. Usually my mom wakes up in the middle of the night to check on him, but Matt and I always hear her and wake up,

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