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Personal Narrative: Type 1 Diabetes

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When I was five years old, I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. It was 11 years ago on New Year’s Eve, and I was celebrating the holiday by consuming an immense amount of sugar. My mother, who already had two other young children with diabetes, immediately recognized that I was suffering from the symptoms of hyperglycemia. After I was diagnosed, I was given a book and a bear. The book was about how the other kids would react to my diagnosis, and the bear was covered in colourful patches that corresponded to the areas on my own body that I could give my insulin injections.
Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease. There are cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, the hormone that regulates the amount of insulin in your blood and
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My diagnosis forced me to become incredibly responsible at a young age because of how serious my disease is. I am an incredibly responsible person to this day because my survival has been and still is dependent on my management of my diabetes. My diabetes has helped me to become a much healthier person, as I now truly know what it means and what it takes for me to be healthy. I have also learned a remarkable amount about how strong I am due to this disease. I have been through so much because of this disease, including numerous near-death experiences, and the fact that I have survived it all proves my strength. Over the years, I have come to learn that, while diabetes is a large part of my life, it is not the only thing about me. This realization has allowed me to push past any fears that I have had because of my diagnosis, and focus on what I know I can do rather than focusing on all of the things I am unable to do. This is, in my own personal opinion, the most important thing that I have realized about my disease, because it has helped me realize that I want to inspire others and show everyone that my disease does not and will never limit my
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