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The beginning of my diabetes story

Every story starts somewhere. My story of diabetes began in February of 1998.

It was a routine doctor's visit during my fourth month of pregnancy. The nurse looked at my labwork and said, "Your glucose levels are high. We need to look into that."

The seriousness of the situation didn't sink in until the glucose tolerance test, when I tried not to gag on the sugary syrup. Thirty minutes later I was faint, dizzy and so thirsty that I felt like I hadn't had a sip of water in days. Though I was quite confused at the time, things became clear when I heard one of the nurses say, "She's way too high."

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes

The diagnosis sent me into a tailspin of research. What I found was scary, but I reasoned it away by reminding myself that many cases of gestational diabetes resolve quickly after delivery. In the meantime, I was learning how to test my blood sugar, draw up insulin from a vial and give myself injections.

In July, I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby boy. Six weeks later, I went in for my checkup and labwork. The doctor looked at the file, sighed and said, "We have a problem."

Diabetes was now my constant companion, whether I liked it or not

In the years since I have gone through thousands of test strips and more than a dozen meters. I have worn out exchange books, counted carbs, tried out new medications and cursed at the price of insulin vials. I can have whole weeks of cruising along with near-perfect numbers, then a sudden left turn puts me into the Land of Highs for no apparent reason. I've dealt with lows in the middle of the night and the "Should you be eating that?" question at dinner parties.

On the good days, I quietly rejoice. On the bad days, sometimes I shed a tear or two. But even during that shaky aftermath of a low or the frustration of a high, I know I'm not in this alone. Millions of people deal with this same challenge every single day.

That's what this site, and this blog, is about. It is a place full of valuable information, tales of both good times and bad, help finding the right products and musings from people just like you. I hope that when you read this blog, you can smile when you see someone with the same challenges and victories you have on a daily basis. After all, there are millions of us in this together.

About Shannon Lee

Shannon Dauphin has lived with diabetes for more than a dozen years. When she's not playing ninja with lancets or counting carbs, she can be found traveling across the country with laptop in hand, writing about anything that strikes her fancy.

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