Teen diabetic
When your teen starts to pee all day and lose weight rapidly she may be diabetic like me!
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I was a first year journalism student at CPUT Bellville campus. I had no stress besides the obvious. Then in the middle of the year, I was able to drink 4 litres of water in one go. Yes, it’s possible. My eating habits became something I hardly thought of. All I wanted to do is drink and pee.

After a few weeks I lost so much weight that, I thought I would definitely stick to this liquid diet, even with the side effects. It did not even cross my mind. Then the itching started down there. Do you know the comfort of scratching an itch? Imagine the itch never ever, ever stopped! I went to the doctor and he said it might be yeast infection. I went to the pharmacy and bought myself the biggest tube of cream I could find.

A week later, I felt like I was going to die.

Back to the doctor, but I decided, as student life was hard and budget was low, to go to the doctor on campus. I was angry that the itching had not stopped. I was drinking water as if I had gills and my weight had dropped even more, why was the universe against me? The doctor said that I shouldn’t eat for the next 12 hours and I obeyed. Who needs food right?


My sugar level was 19.8! I did not understand what that meant, I went into shock mode. I am diabetic. Diabetic what?

My grandmother had diabetes but for the life of me, I never ever thought I would get it. None of my aunts or uncles had it. I did biology at school and knew it had something to with the pancreas and insulin. The campus doctor then suggested I see my family doctor.

My doctor explained everything to me.  I was trying to be strong but I was freaking out inside and I was scared! I was told to take tablets twice a day. My mom, who was with me,  was very supportive. Friends and family were extremely kind. They bought me books and phoned me all the time.

I went through a depressive stage, which I was told is normal. I was given a list of things I could and couldn’t eat. I was told I’d have to plan my meals and start exercising.

After many months, I have taken control. I bought myself a sugar tester (that’s what I call it). I am being a good girl, eating healthy and going to gym. Moreover, I’m very happy with the direction my life is going now. Diabetes is only a small part of who I am.

Are you or your child diabetic? How are you coping?

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