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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.

    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.

    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.

    "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."

    "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."