Newly Diagnosed With Diabetes | A Love Story

2013 March 13

Imagine a few single college kids sitting out on their front steps, chatting and you know.. flirting. One of them whips out a diet soda and a younger (dumber) me says to him in a snide, not-so-nice voice …

“REALLY? You drink a diet soda? What’s that about?”

He responds to the younger me calmly and says, “Yeah I’ve been diabetic since I was 15.” The younger me wishes she had a shovel to dig a hole at that moment, because about 9 months later that diet soda guy would become my fiancé. My (now) husband tells the story when he was newly diagnosed with diabetes. It took about 6 weeks of extreme thirst and extreme exhaustion before he determined something very real was wrong with him. By chance he was reading a Boys’ Life magazine and read an article about diabetes with a table listing nine symptoms.  He went to his mom and said “I have eight of these nine symptoms.”  After a trip to the doctor with his self-diagnosis – followed by a very quick trip two days later to the ER, the diagnosis was official:  Type 1 diabetes. His pancreas was no longer producing insulin.

While we were engaged I was fascinated with learning as much as I could about the disease. After all, I would be married to it for the rest of my life!

I was a Molecular Biology student and I took the dreaded “Biochemistry” class. The whole semester you spend learning (mostly just memorizing) the dull Krebs cycle… which is the human body’s sugar engine. All those enzymes in and products out and round and round with vocabulary nightmares. I got the feeling everyone memorized but no one really LEARNED it.

And perfect for me, I had my fiancé to think about (and doodle my new last name…) and oh yeah?! What about his Krebs cycle? What is going on his body where there is no insulin, and where the bloodstream is overflowing with sugar molecules? (I’ll spare you the boring science-y stuff.) But I ended up LOVING that class and all the ‘naming of parts’ of that system. Because I was learning more about the one I loved—I know… the gushy mushy factor is over now. Forgive me.

Fast-forward nearly 20 years later. We (and I DO mean we, cuz the whole family is part of this disease) moved on from 3 shots a day to a pump and never looked back! We’re always happy to see advances in the research and development of diabetes. And we’ve participated in Walk-A-Thons and awareness campaigns. I look forward to MANY more years with my sweetheart!

Learning all you can about Diabetes will very likely help you or a loved one, because the disease affects over 25 million people in the US today.

  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death overall
  • Diabetes causes kidney failure, nerve damage and blindness
  • Diabetes causes greater than 60% of all non-traumatic amputations

(Info from Optimal Life, The Essentials of Diabetes written by Christine Lee, Pharm. D.)

Please find out more about Diabetes and the risks associated with this disease from Where you can find books and easy to understand DVDS.

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for sharing my story about the Krebs cycle. (And about our family’s Diabetes story.)


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  1. April 3, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your story! My son, who is also Type 1 diabetic is my inspiration for creating the Optimal Life Series. We sincerely appreciate your post, and hope it provides some insight for your readers

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