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Battle With Diabetes
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     When I was 18 months old, I was recovering from a case of strep throat.  I was not as active as normal, but my Mom attributed that to my still recovering from the strep throat. I was not eating much. I soon became very hungry and thirsty. My Mom thought this was a good sign that I had finally recovered from the strep throat.  One day I asked for a glass of water.  When my Mom handed it to me, I could not see it to grab it.  She knew something was wrong and rushed me to the doctor's office. By the time she reached the doctor’s office, I had already lapsed into a coma. I was rushed to the hospital.  The doctors did not know what was wrong with me. My family did not have a history of Diabetes, so the doctors did not consider checking for Diabetes. It was 1969.  At that time, the hospitals in that area had never had a case of Diabetes in someone that young.  On the second or third day of the coma, a resident suggested that they test for Diabetes.  Once they did, they were able to bring me out of the coma on the fourth or fifth day.  I was released from the hospital after 19 days and started my lifelong journey with this disease.

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