My Diabetes journey began in 2004. I was 5 years old. Like many who are first diagnosed, I ended up in the hospital with high blood sugar, pale face, severe dehydration, fatigue and exhaustion. For a kid like me who was a sweet tooth, Diabetes was a huge setback.
My parents had to check my sugar levels several times a day. I had a severe phobia of injections and pricks, so they had to take me to different parks and rides everyday for just a single prick in my finger. Diabetes is not merely a challenge confined to the one who has been diagnosed with it, which in this case was a child, but rather something that appears to be more devastating to the parents.
Due to this certain phobia, my parents spent day and night trying to find a needle-less injection. And guess what? they succeeded. I used a needle-less injection for almost 3 years until I was old enough to understand my Diagnosis.
Childhood days were tough. Some days were great, others- not so great. From the very beginning, my parents stood by me through thick and thin. They never sympathised with me for that would make me weak, yet they always had my back and were proudest of every little achievement. Sounds cliche but it’s as true as it can be. The power of your parent’s duas is for real, it makes you achieve the impossible. Their countless efforts can never be reciprocated in any form but our success is the only thing that makes their efforts worth it.
My dearest brother has been a great support since day one. He would not devour sweets in front of me and always made diabetes seem normal. Due to my phobia, he took the responsibility of injecting me after every meal. You can’t find a brother like him anywhere, trust me. He pushed me to become the greatest version of myself.
There were many people on this journey that told me that I could not achieve anything due to this certain illness. They told me I was weak, fragile, sick and I would not be able to pass beyond grade 5. And I proved them wrong at every point of my life. Here I am studying in the final year of dental school and soon to be a dentist InshaAllah.
Today, I am running a Blog on Instagram (@Diabetogenic_) where I am helping many like me, those who have lost hope after getting diagnosed with diabetes and those who have no idea how they’re going to achieve their goals in Life. There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others.
Just remember that the greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. And Allah tests those He loves. ❤️❤️ Facing a chronic disease builds character and courage day by day. For a while I looked at it as my weakness, now it is my biggest strength. Words would be never enough to describe how my parents and brother put me out of misery and made me a strong person I am today. ❤️