Feature Friday with Leandro!
Welcome to Feature Friday with Leandro! Today we are hearing from a husband and father of triplets (5 year olds), who has overcome a misdiagnosis, and even diabetic ketoacidosis. He is currently a tourism professional and curious about diabetes information. Leandro Guaseli resides in Assis, Brazil and is proud to share his story in hopes of helping others learn more about Type 1 Diabetes.
Do you have good diabetes care where you live?
Thank God I have access to inputs and so I measure blood glucose and apply insulin.
In 2019, it was association of symptoms (weight loss, excessive hunger, thirst and frequent urination) that led me to seek a doctor. I had exams and was wrongly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As the treatment had no effect at the end of 2020, I had diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). I spent 29 days in the ICU and I survived by a miracle because the damage was great.
Was accepting diabetes difficult for you or are you still learning to accept it?
It was really hard, I went into depression and it really brought me down.
(NOTE: This is not uncommon. People who live with Type 1 Diabetes have a greater risk of depression – about 5 x’s greater than those who do not have T1D. -JDRF)
What does thrive mean to you?
For me it’s growing, developing knowledge, attitudes and thus relating better with diabetes.
Words of Encouragement
I believe that the search for information and exchange of experiences helps a lot in the daily life of a diabetic.
When you have friends and family close to you, the burden becomes lighter. So talk, ask for help and never close yourself off.
Leandro ( Find his Instagram HERE)
Check out who was featured last week HERE (MISS WORLD) and visit my link tree to see the new T1D book and journal which are live on AMAZON. How exciting!