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    This Teenager Wants You To Know What Diabetes Really Looks Like

    "Diabetes is a whole ton of people who fight for their life every single day".

    This is Madeline Milzark, an 18-year-old from Missouri. She's had type 1 diabetes for almost 10 years now.


    There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. While both type 1 and type 2 are chronic conditions, type 1 is typically diagnosed in children, and type 2 is often diagnosed later in life. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy.

    Last week Milzark wrote a Facebook post about what it's like to live with diabetes, and people have been sharing it across the globe.

    The post urges people to ignore stereotypes and reconsider what diabetes really looks like:

    "It's a disease that isn't picky when it chooses who to attack, it doesn't care if you're 2 months old or if you're 73. It doesn't care if you eat Big Macs and McChickens every day of your life or if you're a strict vegan who goes to the gym daily. Diabetes is me. Diabetes is a whole ton of people who fight for their life every single day and go to bed not sure if they're going to wake up the next morning. So before you tag your huge dessert #Diabetes, think about what #Diabetes really looks like".

    Madeline says she's received hundreds of positive messages from the post, which has been shared over 5,000 times.

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    She decided to write the post after her blood sugar crashed, resulting in her collapsing while home alone. It was sugar supplied by her grandmother that saved her life.


    Madeline had her phone at the time and was able to text her grandmother, who brought her the sugar: "If she didn't there was no telling how long it would've taken her to find me and it would've probably been too late by then."

    "I have to monitor my blood sugar by pricking my finger up to 10 times a day," she told BuzzFeed. "I take insulin injections every single time I eat or have a blood sugar that's too high. I used to have an insulin pump but it broke and insurance prices are ridiculous."


    "I realised it was time to show people the reality instead of the perception that diabetes was simple, and just a disease where you avoided sugar. The thing people think caused my disease actually saved my life, and that's what not many people realise."


    "All my life I've been wanting to help people and I'm finally getting a chance to do that. I've only gotten one negative message out of everything so far!"

    "I'm so grateful for everybody who has shared their story with me. I want to keep up the awareness and I'm asking people to use the hashtag #WhatDiabetesReallyLooksLike to share their stories on social media."