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Kristy’s Story (Diabetes)

Kristy's Story (Diabetes)  I have been a Diabetic since I was thirteen MONTHS old. People always look at me and then go “did you say Months?” I was an infant. I went into a coma for seven days. No one thought I would make it. There were dozens of hospitalizations over the years and I was always “different”. Things weren’t as advanced back then as they are now. I had to be on insulin shots from the very beginning. I had to check my blood sugar 4 or more times a day my entire life. It’s depressing. I couldn’t do the things that I wanted, I couldn’t run and play, I never had the energy. I remember my Grandpa saying I was here for a very special reason because I had survived…. But now I’m not so sure.

I had the hardest pregnancy that my doctors had ever seen. I stayed in the hospital the entire time. I don’t have the words to explain everything I went through. I thought after that, I would be ok.

Then in 2007, out of the blue, I had a heart attack. I had an undiagnosed hyper-thyroid. I also have Glaucoma and Grave’s disease. I can’t figure out why? There is so much at once, to one person. One of these would be tolerable but all of it…. I don’t want to seem whiny or weak, but it’s so hard sometimes. How do I make it? See I have no Health Insurance. I try to take the best care of my conditions that I can but I can’t go to the Doctor when I should, I can’t get the lab work done every 3 months to keep blood sugar and my thyroid evened out. I do not qualify for any assistance. I’m unable to work, but I cant apply for disability because I can’t go to the doctor to get him to say I can’t work. I feel like I’m on some roller coaster with no end, except my death.

I’m 33 years old. I have a beautiful daughter who is the light of my life. People don’t realize I’m sick. All of my illnesses are on the inside so I get the looks and whispers about why I’m sick, “why does she never feel good”. My own family gets tired of my “not feeling good”. I suppose I’m asking for support from the members of “Fight Like a Girl Club” because I don’t see a way out. I don’t understand how doctors or people who decide who qualifies for medical assistance can let someone like me just “go to waste”. I feel like I just don’t matter, that because I’m not wealthy, I’m not allowed to be healthy.

Thank you for listening to my story. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. The desperation is inhibiting my ability to Fight. Thank you.

North Carolina
Submitted 6-23-11

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Maria Marino

    Alright…let’s first start with this I can’t file for disability because I can’t afford a doctor. #1.) Get a disability Lawyer. You provide the lawyer with the places where you were diagnosed with each disease and they get the files from there. If you are asked by SSDI to go to a doctor it is paid for. and they will send you to a psych consult and a primary care doctor from what I have heard. The lawyer gets paid when you get paid. Disability can take awhile, but it looks like you have the time. Hopefully that goes quickly then you can qualify for medicare and get your meds you need!!

    #2.) {{{{{{{Kristy}}}}}}} Here is your hug from me. It sucks being sick with an invisible illness.

    • debbi

      good luck kristy with getting disability payments: sick people like us are not really included in “society”. but hang in there. it all does gradually (years my dear, years) get better: not necessarily yr condition, but your ability to handle it. surround yourself with friends who understand, or try to understand, and definitely find a support group to join. debbi, australia.

  2. Shelley


    I am here if you need to talk! Believe me when I say there are free clinics all over for people who do not have insurance! I have multiple illnesses and was granted my full disability benefits in 2010 after applying and being denied, the whole process took about 24 months! You have to put your big girl panties on and fight like a girl! 🙂 I will tell you what resources to look for in your search in finding help! You need to search disability lawyers in your state and start calling them to find out what you need to do to apply for disability! How do you not qualify for Medicaid through your state? You have a child, that should be plenty enough to qualify for state aid! If you find the low income/free clinics in your area, you can get your medications free from the drug companies!

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