I'm Back As A New Kind of Badass

Posted by Cheryl Sloane on

Hello- it’s been a while. Life has changed a bit and I’ve wanted to update you but it’s taken some time. You see, in the end of September, I almost died. Yup! It’s true. I came within 30 minutes of a coma and possible brain damage or death. This can, will and does change a person. Although it has taken some time to write to you about this, I think I am now ready. Here’s what happened:

I had a great summer. I was exercising, losing weight and feeling great. Yoga twice a week, Pilates twice a week, walking every day. Now being a grown-up women, people would notice that I was losing weight and ask, “Are you OK?”. I laughed at this thinking that if I lost a lot of weight in my 20’s people would just say, “you look great.” Well, it went a little bit too far and, during September, I was really tired. I blamed that on my son going to a new school and having to wake up at 6AM every day. That’s early for me. I kept going and thinking I was fine…tired but fine. Then it all just went too far and my friends intervened. I had lost too much weight and they told me that I needed to go to a doctor stat. OK I said…no problem.

I never made it to Monday’s doctor appointment because Saturday night, after doing 2 home parties, I just couldn’t catch my breath. Thanks to an awesome partner, who drove like a cop car chasing a criminal with me yelling at him to slow down the whole way, I got to the ER and was quickly admitted and tested for a heart attack. I was NOT having a heart attack. In fact, my heart was fine. After a blood test we found out that I had Type 1 diabetes and was in Diabetic Keto Acidosis aka: DKA.

My friends quickly mobilized and were there for me from beginning to end. I spent 2 days in ICU getting my blood sugar and acid levels reorganized. Now I was pretty much asleep the entire time in ICU. I could barely speak and every time I opened my eyes, a friend was there watching over me. My friends and family are the absolute best team you could ever want. Although I’m pretty sure that I scared the shit out of many people, I was never scared or even a little bit worried. I was in a great hospital with amazing nursing care and surrounded by people who loved me. This is a recipe for success. After 2 days I was ready to move to a regular room and begin my journey of learning how to live as a Type 1 diabetic.

Educating Myself

Now this has been quite a journey! Counting carbs…calculating insulin injections…taking blood sugar through finger pricks so many times a day…figuring out how to keep my blood sugar normal during exercise… It is a daily, well hourly, learning curve and I am up for the task. My attention has been focused a lot more on me and I have neglected all of you until now. Well, I’m back. You’ll be hearing from me a lot more in 2019.

The good news is that I have even more to talk about in this grown-up life. I am doing really well and have become a Type 1 Diabadass! Any questions?

Type 1 Diabadass


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  • November 6, 2016 the day I had 3 strokes and went into a coma for a month and was semi comatose for another. Now, after 3 months in the hospital, 2 craniotomies and 5 falls, I am getting better and better. I still walk with acwalker but I walk AND I will get away from the blasted thing soon. My mind is sharp (at least it is as sharp as it ever was) and I kick ass at trivia games. :). I applaud you Cheryl and all that you have been through. You are a fighter and I strive to be like you. Congratulations on your hard work and I wish you more health and happiness and fun!

    Becky Taylor on
  • A life threatening experience leaves us changed, sometimes for the rest of our lives. It wasn’t your time, Cheryl and although you will need to change your living habits to stay healthy, you WILL still be able to enjoy the sweetness of life!

    Leslie on
  • Cheryl – I’m so glad to hear you survived. When things like that happen it gives one a new sense of clarity. Wow!

    Sybil parADISO on
  • I am so glad that you are doing so good and you were wonderful person and I’m glad that everything worked out hope to see you soon have a

    fran on
  • Geez!!! I am so happy you are OK. Too long since we have connected. I will text you. You Are super skinny, but you still look great. Hugs to you. Miss working with you.

    Dianne Ketner on

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