My Story

I'm not actually type 1 diabetic, I am diabetic but, I was diagnosed under unusual circumstances and type 1 is simply the closest type to describe it as. You see, I have a condition called Congenital Hyperinsulinism (Bit of a mouthful isn't it? So it's CHI or HI for short) this is where your pancreas gives out too much insulin.
Basically, when I was born I fitted all throughout my first day, once the new midwife came on at shift change, they realised I was fitting and not shivering as they'd first thought. They tested my blood sugars which were 0.3. So they tested me on another two monitors as they thought the first one was broken, but they all said the same number.

I was transferred up to GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) and they tried all available medications, but none worked. So they decided to whip my pancreas out. And so started the insulin injections (I'm now on a pump, Medtronic Veo).

So you could say I'm a 'diabetic with bells on' but that of course leads to questions. So I simply say 'I'm a type 1 diabetic' and leave it at that:)

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