I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12. I first noticed my eye sight getting blurry. It was weird since I was an athletic kid and use to seeing the football thrown to me, or the basket as I shot my deadly long-range jumper. Next I started losing weight. Those two symptoms paired together weren’t a total shock as I and my medically uneducated family associated them to “natural progression of aging”. You know, going from adolescent to teenager. I knew other kids that had lost their baby fat as they transitioned to that all power stage of life-TEENHOOD. Some of my friends even started wearing glasses at 12 and 13. We assumed what was happening to me was normal. A week later I was urinating a lot. I mean going to the restroom often. In addition to that I was very dehydrated though I did not understand that. I was drinking up everything in sight. Water, juice, milk, soda, whatever I could get my hands on. My thirst and appetite were insatiable. It seemed I could not eat enough, though I indulged myself on anything and everything much to the dismay of my siblings. I also noticed that my strength was not as acute as it once was. I was fatigued. I knew my body was changing, but I refused to accept it. I kept on wishing that it would soon “pass”, that it was temporary like a cold or even the flu. Then one morning it happened. The point where my life would change forever.
Symptoms of diabetes