A Rare Thing Indeed

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One year ago today I left Project Earth and went to the Emergency Room at the Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea, MN. I was treated for ketoacidosis and diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic. It’s been a long oftentimes frustrating journey since then. My family was helped out immensely by so many people that day and many days since as I dealt with this new diagnosis.

I have written a few posts about the beginning of my diagnosis, but really have been silent about it for many months now. I recently found myself a primary care physician (with my new fancy Affordable Care Act insurance thanks to Nicky Murphy and Platinum Exchange - Affordable Health Insurance) and had a few tests run.

My bill of health? Perfect for a diabetic. I have good blood sugars (A1C lower than expected for a diabetic), I am not deficient in any vitamins or minerals, and my body is in great shape. Now for those that spend time with me on a weekly basis you know that I keep a different diet than most. I have been on a ketogenic diet for many months now, and now I have a doctor that is supportive of that.

I have been insulin free for 9 months now due to my dietary regulation. Through sheer willpower I keep this regulation and my blood sugars in check. My doctor is getting all my information back from the Mayo Clinic and is going to explore what was going on at that very moment of my diagnosis.

A Type 1 diabetic that doesn’t take insulin is a rare thing indeed. Getting here has been a rocky journey with an epic amount of support from my wonderful partner, Lisa, even in moments where most people might have had real difficulty taking care of me and helping me.

I feel like now I am finally getting to take care of myself fully and I’m ready to really grow as a person from this difficult experience I’ve been having for the last year.

I really want to thank the people that offered me a lot of support through this. I’m still discovering things about myself and working hard on this journey to health. Erin Buttons Hobbs, Jacinda Lohman & Michael Camo Lohman, Mary Morris Brown Brown, Courtney Bird, Annmarie Misik, Mary LittleBrave, and a heap of other people I have failed to mention were integral to helping me (or my family) along, offering me guidance, camaraderie, or support in one way or another. Thanks.

This was originally posted on Facebook here.


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