Recently diagnosed at 22


(Chelsea) #1

Hi everyone!
I am Chelsea, I am 22 from Oklahoma City, OK.
I was recently diagnosed with type 1 after going into DKA. I was told about a year ago that I was type 2, but nothing was helping me that typically helps a type 2. After running a c-peptide test my new doctor was able to determine that I was actually type 1, and not type 2. So, although I have had diabetes for a year now, I am completely new to the type 1 scene. I am not one to usually get outside of my comfort zone, but I have felt kind of lost over the last couple of weeks. I don’t personally know anyone with T1, so I feel a little alone in the whole process. However, people can sympathize with me, I really want to talk to and get to know people who have gone through this whole process and have dealt with the same thing I am going through. :slight_smile:


(joe) #2

Hey @chelshubbs Chelsea. Welcome to TypeOneNation, the club no one wants to be in! Type 1 can be a monster the first couple years there is a lot to learn.

It all comes down to carbs activity and insulin. These are the big things that move your blood sugar. I hope you have access to a CDE. They will be your best contact at first. I always recommend “Think like a pancreas “ for everything you wanted to know about insulin. Hope to see you around!


(Chelsea) #3

Hey @joe! I will definitely be checking out “think like a pancreas”! Thank you for the suggestion. (:


(Ashley) #4

Hi there Chelsea! My name is Ashley, I’m 24 and was just diagnosed in April after being DKA and spending four days in the icu. Sounds like you and I are in similar situations. I live in Washington but I’m from Kansas (Midwest is best!). It’s definitely
Been super overwhelming and extremely stressful having all of this thrown on to me. If you ever need to vent or need someone to bounce some thoughts off of feel free to email me! Ashleyparker121917@gmail.com I can tell you though that you’ve made a good decision by joining this forum. Everyone here has been so helpful to me and it’s been invaluable when I don’t know who to turn to.


(Jill) #5

Hi Chelsea! You’ve come to the right place. It is great to have a good support system and someone you can just shoot a random question to. Please feel free at any moment to message me with questions. I love sharing my knowledge and what I’ve learned from having diabetes for 20+ years. I’m in my mid-30s and have had huge successes and mega failures as an active, healthy diabetic. But of course I’ve also had my days where I’ve woken up and said, I don’t want to do this anymore. What’s helped me get through those days was having a diabetic friend I could complain to. It’s very therapeutic!!!

Best wishes and I hope to hear from you!

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(tedquick) #6

Hi Chelsea. Yes being diagnosed with Type 1 is hard no matter the situation, but at least now there are ways to find support such as this group, When I was diagnosed on April 9, 1956 (Mom’s birthday, no less) there was not only lack of people to ask for help outside the doctor’s office, my parents had to get the doctors to know that Type 1 EXISTED, since it was only recognized as a disease in 1952, just 4 years before.
So be glad things are better now! Anyway, Mom gave me a guideline for my life with diabetes. Sh said “Everybody has a problem, some have constant headaches, some have heart trouble and so on. YOU have diabetes, so you need to deal with it every way you can.”
So I began my journey with diabetes and am still alive in good condition with no major complications 62 years later. Please feel free to ask here and at any other contact that has great diabetic information. Please feel free to contact me separately by email at rim_molder@yahoo.com any time you need to.


(OShoot) #7

Hi ND. I wouldn’t worry about been diagnosed as T1. A lot of people, having been diagnosed as T2 go onto insulin after many years and become very well controlled on insulin injections. My sister in law was diagnosed as T2 almost 5 or six years ago, running high BGs and is now on insulin Injections and very well controlled (BG now between 108.6 and 81.45 ). good eating habits must become habitual, be well disciplined and exercise regularly. Do not allow stress
to become your task master. Find a good Doctor who knows what he is talking about and do as he says. I have been T1 for 70 yeasr and going strong. Good luck


(flebeccaann) #8

Hi Chelsea,
I’m 22 and was diagnosed with T1D 15 years ago. Being young adult with diabetes can be tough! There is so much happening in this phase of life. Below is link for people who are diagnosed with diabetes as young adults. I hope it helps!
https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/newdx