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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  • I have type 1 as well. It is a steep learning curve and a bit of a struggle, but you can do it! It sounds like you have amazing support, so make sure to keep them involved. There are facebook groups too. Just know you arent alone. Glad you are doing well! Keep it up!

    Jf on
  • We are rooting for you, Cheryl! Love and big sugar-free hugs!
    Missy and the WHF/BYB team

    Missy Lavender on
  • Glad you are doing better. Please take care of yourself.

    Charmaine on
  • Wow, I’m glad you’re okay! How much weight did you lose and how fast?

    Sue on
  • O my friend! Thanks for letting us know! Glad you got help and had friends there! Good health to you! onward!

    isabel liss on

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