As told to Racheli Sofer
by Brian Shelton of Elyria, Ohio
It was 1980 and I was 21 years old. I remember sitting around with some friends one evening when suddenly I slammed face down into the table. I’d passed out right in the middle of talking!
A friend grabbed a medical book off his shelf and started reading. “Hey, this sounds like it could be severe hypoglycemia.” That’s what happens when a person’s blood sugar drops so low that he loses consciousness without warning. “Maybe you have diabetes!”
“I don’t even know what that is,” I answered. Sadly, I was about to find out.
I went to the doctor the next day, and he confirmed my friend’s hunch. That’s when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and my life changed overnight.