A Diabetes Hoarder Story | Peg Abernathy

July 8, 2014 7:44 PM

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A Diabetes Hoarder Story | Peg Abernathy

When I was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes more than 25 years ago, I had no health insurance. I was young, invincible and quite frankly, I held that typical, youthful arrogance that I would never get sick. And due to my young adult perspective and extreme naiveté about managing my diabetes condition, I believed that very little about my personal life would change with my diagnosis. I guess ignorance is bliss, but ignorance can also cause the eventual reality to be that much more painful.

Early into my diagnosis, I ended up in the ER with a severe flu that caused my diabetes to get out of control. When the ER physician found out that I had no health insurance, he kept me in the ER all day, hydrating and stabilizing me without actually admitting me to the hospital. I didn't understand...

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