Getting my newest diagnosis was devastating, traumatic and the biggest health crisis that I have ever faced in my life. I talk all about my descent into Diabetic ketoacidosis and my hospitalisation experiences in Episode 8 of the Emotional Autoimmunity podcast.
Where my story left off, I was coming back home from Hospital with my priorities being rebuilding my health, regaining muscle mass and weight and learning to live my new life with Type 1 Diabetes.
I was also emotionally exhausted, traumatised, overwhelmed and physically frail for the very first time in my life.
My life had changed dramatically yet again, just when I felt that I had my life with chronic illness dialled in after six years of recovering, experimenting and adapting.
I had never in my wildest dreams imagined that Type 1 Diabetes would be part of my life, even though I knew that my chances of getting another autoimmune disease were pretty high. I falsely believed that it was still something that only happened to children and adolescents and that Type 2 Diabetes was “adult” diabetes which was generally reversible through diet and lifestyle changes and not autoimmune.
I was not prepared for such an “in your face, high maintenance” disease that requires constant daily monitoring, multiple daily injections of life saving insulin and the long list of things that could go wrong if it were not managed properly including, dying in my sleep from an overnight low blood sugar.
Of all the things I most needed to overcome, fear was the biggest factor.
I was surrounded by it constantly in both hospitalisation experiences, where all of the focus was on the many different ways that I could die and the constant testing and monitoring of my physical condition.
In episode 9 of the Emotional Autoimmunity podcast, I talk about the fears I was given, how that impacted my emotional and physical health and how I began my recovery to get back into trust in life and trust in myself to live as well and happily as I can.
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