My T1D Diagnosis Story: Hannah Burton

For those who do not know, my name is Hannah Burton. I became a part of the Sugar Medical team in November of 2020. I joined as a content creator working mostly with video content but adding a few other things in here and there. Before I started working with Sugar Medical, I was a huge fan of their products!

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes back in August of 2016, at the age of 26. You could name any of the several symptoms of undiagnosed T1D, and I could tell you I had it. Exhaustion, extreme weight loss, hair loss, mood swings, and severe dehydration… the list goes on. It took me a long time to admit that something was very wrong and make the decision to go to the emergency room.

When I finally did, I found out that I was in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). My body was doing everything it could to keep me alive each day. I ended up staying in the hospital for five days, and the doctors told me that if I had not gone in when I did, there was a very high chance I would not be living today. Learning that I was officially diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes was hard. I also had a 3-yeard old (at the time) daughter, that I was too weak to care for on my own, though super blessed to have a very supportive family during that time of my life.

I originally started insulin with a vial and syringe, finally able to switch to pens after several months. Now days I am grateful to be able to have the Omnipod Insulin Pump and FreeStyle Libre Sensor. Along with this amazing technology making managing Type 1 Diabetes a bit easier, I found Sugar Medical and was able to add their products to that same list!

Going on nearly five years of living with Type 1 Diabetes, I have grown stronger physically and mentally. It has shown me what I am capable of daily. Sharing my story on social media has allowed me many opportunities I would not have had before and has brought so many great people into my life.


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