I was 16 and all I could think of was that I didn’t want to make it past my next birthday. I was scared and had no idea what was happening to me… I didn’t want to live anymore.
Instead of being out enjoying my friends and loving life, I was depressed and crying; I couldn’t eat or sleep. I was consumed with irrational fears, confusion, anxiety and paranoia. My health was failing and I remember praying to God to please help me or to just let me die because I certainly didn’t want to live my life being this sick. I remember thinking no one would ever want to marry me this way!
Fortunately, God had other plans for me.
My sister Theresa called her former high school psychology teacher and asked his opinion. During the conversation, he asked if I had ever had a GTT? She asked him what that was, and he told her it was a “glucose tolerance test.” He told my sister that his wife had something called hypoglycemia, and it can be the cause of some very severe symptoms like the ones I was experiencing. We immediately called the family physician and made an appointment. When the results came back positive for severe hypoglycemia and borderline diabetes, I remember crying with relief because I now knew the name of what I had and that I really wasn’t going crazy.
My body just overproduced insulin to a point that I never had enough blood sugar in my system for my entire nervous system to run correctly. Knowing that all I had to do was eat healthier foods, stay away from sugars and refined foods plus eat more often throughout each day was the answer to my prayers.
While it took some time to really get my health back to 100 percent, I was grateful and willing to follow through and help others who were going through the same thing.
I am so grateful to Roberta and the HSF for being there for me at a time when no one else understood. Through proper education and the support of my family and the Foundation, I came through one of the worst, most terrifying times of my life—and you will, too. Don’t give up!