Wait ‘til You See My Smile

It is fair to say that growing up – I was a crazy moo. Smiley, happy and mad as a box of frogs. I also had the energy of a Duracell bunny – on acid.

Then, at 15 years old – something changed. As an A* student, it was most out of character for me to fall asleep in my GCSE History exam. I ate iced buns by the dozen and endeavoured to satisfy my unquenchable thirst by downing roughly 396 gallons of water a day. It became an effort to walk 100 yards to the bus-stop, at 5’6″ my weight plummeted to 6 stone, I had constant halitosis and to add insult to injury – my hair started falling out. This was not the look I was going for to bag myself a hottie.

Being a teenager – I would rather have stuck a fork in my eye than talked to my parents about this – as it was, like sooo embarrassing. So I didn’t. I took the sensible approach of suffering in silence, sleeping 14 hours a day and almost failing my GCSEs. Genius, I know.

Despite my best attempts to hide the fact that by 16 – I had developed the get up and go of a 98 year old and the body of an 8 year old – my parents noticed. Damn them. One trip to the GP and a pee in a cup later and I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Admittedly, upon diagnosis, my life fell apart a little bit, but I soon moved on. 12 and a half years later – happy, healthy, energetic and mad as a box of frogs once more – I am able to share 3 key pieces of diabetic wisdomery with the world:

  1. Never ask a diabetic “Should you be eating that?” They will punch you in the face.
  2. Life is frickin’ awesome. Be grateful for it and enjoy every minute.
  3. Smile every single day.
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12 thoughts on “Wait ‘til You See My Smile

  1. I totally agree; I was born with a slew of severe skin issues and it looked like the only option was to take pills, shots, creams etc. It took me about 25 years to realize there are other options out there…natural healing. That has helped me mitigate all my issues and I will never stray from these approaches ever again. I also keep a smile on my face, as much as I possibly can. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

  2. This blog is wonderful, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reiterated Rule 1 to all of my friends. Keep up the great work!

    • It’s funny – that “should you be eating that?” statement is the one I’ve had the most comments on. I’m glad others can relate! Not just me 😀

      You are welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀

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