I recently wrote about a celebrity who lost his life to diabetes. I’m saddened to say that a young woman at the age of 27 also lost her life to type 1 diabetes. For privacy, I’ll call her KC. KC was not famous, not financially sound, had a difficult life growing up, but had a loving and supportive grandmother who did her best to help KC improve her health.
KC’s grandmother knew that making better food and lifestyle choices was the answer to leading a healthier life. While living with her grandmother, KC’s opportunity for better food choices was available. This helped her to improve her glucose levels. Why was this so important?
KC had undergone heart surgery over a year ago due to an infection, leaving her to recuperate in a nursing home. Three days per week, KC went for dialysis. If this 27-year-old woman could get her glucose under control for a minimum of six months, she would be placed on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.
Earlier this year, she had several surgical procedures on her right eye, losing her sight for a period of time. Gradually, some sight was restored. This hope for improvement was short lived.
Due to the glucose roller coaster ride and extremely high blood pressure, it was like a revolving door for KC, in and out of the hospital. Hypoglycemia is an effect that needs to be clearly understood and taken seriously.
During KC’s positive moments, she stopped smoking and made better food choices. Sadly, her depressive times brought her right back to smoking and poor food choices. I assume KC lost the will to live. Her last days on earth kept her on dialysis, she suffered an infection in her abdomen along with combatting liver issues.
KC’s grandmother shared her sad reflection of the last three to four years of her granddaughter’s life, “At least she’s no longer in all that pain.”
This was a difficult story to write about a young woman who never really lived life. My father died at the age of 60 of diabetes which led to heart disease. My uncle was an amputee due to diabetes. These stories are proof of how diabetes ravages one’s body, one’s life.
Those of us watching a loved one feel very helpless. Those that struggle with diabetes or pay no attention as medication and insulin is increased may have trouble with diabetes depression. The only way to stop this continuous cycle is to realize, “It can happen to me;” realize that there is help and a way to make life enjoyable.
The time of being embarrassed should come to an end. Over 115 million Americans struggle with impaired glucose levels, so you are not alone. There is a reason that type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. Don’t blame yourself. Remember, knowledge produces action; action produces results. I'm happy to report my story is one of triumph, your's can be too.
What do you have to lose?