n Diabetes Lifestyle - I love longboarding! : living with diabetes

Volume 2015, Issue 4
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Dancing has been in my family since I can remember and it was my first love. Between 1980 and 1995, I was a professional ballroom dancer, dancing for about 10 hours a day. With all the exercise I did, I did not dream that I was developing diabetes. But it was instrumental in helping me recover from a car accident in which I rolled my car and from being shot in the leg and semi-disabled during an armed robbery. Then, in 1998, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was about 30 years old. I was not too surprised as my Grandfather, my Father, my Brother and my nephews all have diabetes. I went to the hospital because I was losing a lot of weight and drinking a lot of water. I was constantly thirsty and tired. My eye-sight was very blurred and I also had heartburn. As soon as I was told I had diabetes, I took it seriously and started injecting myself from day one. In those days, the needles were much thicker than they are now, but this did not stop me. I knew I had to be positive about my condition. I started exercising regularly.

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