Stories: Celebrating 40 Years

A life-changing decision

I was 18 years old when I found out I had diabetes. I was put on insulin. At 18 years old I had no clue about how I should look after myself. I was in and out of hospital all the time. I tried after a little bit to get it under control, it was so hard. I was still having a lot of trouble doing it. I hated being who I was. I was a pain when I went out because I had to leave the table.

That was 38 years ago. Fast forward to 2009.

Dr. Rodger asked me if I would like to try the pump and class. I said sure. I'm so glad he did because I would not be who I am today. It changed my life forever. I like who I am. I have more freedom than I ever could imagine. My life is better than ever. I do not get the lows like I did before. I can enjoy my kids and grandson and not worry about having a low. My kids love that too. I am not on 130 units of insulin any more. I am on 48.8 units in a 24-hour period. What a difference in my world. 

Submitted by:
Rosemary Ellis
London, Ontario.

Last updated: Tue, 2013-11-12 15:38