Name: Andy McAllister
Age: 31 (diagnosed at age 30)
Location: Columbia, Ky.
My story begins in the fall of 2010, as I purchased my first home and started a new position at work. At this time, I was completely unaware I was on the verge of becoming diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It wasn’t until I participated in a local health fair sponsored by our hospital that I received a report saying I had a high glucose level (300-400 mg/dl). It was suggested I make an appointment with a doctor, which I did. Further testing concluded I indeed had diabetes.
I sought a second opinion from a specialist, as I was in denial that this could be happening to me. Before my appointment, I researched a lot of information and was still under the hope the previous evaluations were incorrect.
The doctor and I reviewed the symptoms, to which I reported I didn’t recall experiencing. The only indication that I could see was my recent unexplained weight loss of 25 pounds. However, I thought this was just due to my increased exercise routine of being a cyclist and runner. It wasn’t until my follow-up appointment with the endocrinologist that reality set in. My blood tests were again positive for type 1 diabetes....