Author: Tess Keele

Tess’s story: Diabetes is a daily reality

Tess, who has type 1 diabetes, when she was first diagnosed
Tess, around the time she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE KEELE FAMILY]
I was 4 years old when I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. For a while before that, I had some of the classic symptoms but nobody recognized them. I was drinking water constantly, not eating much food and lost about 30 pounds. One hot summer day, I passed out on the playground. My mom took me to the hospital and they sent me right to Boston Children’s Hospital. The staff checked my blood sugar level — it was supposed to be about 100 and it was 859. I spent a week in the hospital.

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