Desang Magazine, My Diabetes Kit, Charlotte Mitchell the guilty diabetic

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LIVING

MY DIABETES KIT

CHARLOTTE MITCHELL

At the age of 13, Charlotte

Mitchell started her

diabetes life, then in

2020 she celebrated her

'diaversary' having lived exactly half

her life (26 years old at that point)

with the condition. Here she recalls

how it all began.

"I hadn't realised how ill I was, as

it had been a bit of a gradual decline.

No one in the family picked up on it.

There's six of us, mum and dad and

I'm the eldest of four sisters. In the

February of that year, I had briefly

wondered whether I had diabetes.

I'd been drinking a lot of water and

had disrupted nights due to going

to the toilet, which was unusual for

me. Coincidentally, I'd been flicking

through a magazine which had a page

on diabetes and read the symptoms,

the four Ts as they are now known:

toilet, thirsty, tired, thinner. I went,

tick, tick, tick, tick. I spoke to my

mum who phoned the doctors, but

he said he wasn't concerned because

at that time, we had a new fridge

that could make ice and the doctor

seemed to think maybe I was just

drinking more due to the novelty

of using it. I wasn't even offered a

blood test.

"Neither my mum nor I

questioned further at that point.

Then my period stopped, which was

very odd. Fast forward to August and

I was enjoying the summer holidays.

Every year we went to my nanny and

granddad's caravan where we were

spoiled with ice-creams on the beach

and nice things like that, generally

a wonderful time. I came home at

the end of the visit and felt so tired I

slept all weekend.

"On the Wednesday we were

due to fly to the US for a special

trip to celebrate my mum's 40th

birthday, however both my parents

knew something wasn't right with

me. On the Sunday, I'd gone to get

some water and as I walked back

upstairs, out of nowhere, I had a

short argument with one of my

sisters. That was out of character,

but of even more concern was

that I was gasping for breath. Dad

took me to the walk-in centre that

lunchtime and they did a blood

test there and then. As my blood

glucose was 40mmol/L, I was told

I needed to go to A&E immediately.

As a 13-year-old, I was very scared.

I'd never been in hospital before and

everyone around me seemed to be

panicking and no-one explained to

me what was happening. I became

incredibly anxious. It was a traumatic

experience and the aftermath

is something I've only started

considering and processing in the

last few years. Unfortunately, having

spoken to many other wonderful type

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