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Type 1 Diabetes and Writing

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Type 1 Diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune condition in which patients’ bodies no longer produce insulin so they must take insulin via injections or an infusion pump in order to function.

It's been a long few weeks of trying to figure things out.

It began back in January. I'd been feeling unwell for a while; constantly thirsty and hungry all the time, suddenly losing a lot of weight without trying, leg cramps in the middle of the night, back and forwards to the doctors. It was confirmed on the 21st of August that I have Type 1 Diabetes. Straight away I was put on insulin injections, four times a day, and things started to get a lot better. I've gained some weight back already and a lot of my symptoms have eased. After going on insulin, for the first few weeks my vision was extremely blurry, which is a normal side effect, and one of the reasons I wanted to write this post.

I realised when my sight went that I took a lot of things for granted, and I'm so so grateful that we caught my condition early enough. I want to take every opportunity I can to further my writing and understand more about my type one, and how it may influence my work in the future. I started writing again today, a gothic short story that I've been trying to develop. I feel inspired by new things, new ideas, the world has changed for me in a way. I'm seeing things differently to before and I finally have the urge, the need, to write. I'm excited as I type these words. My head is fresh full of thoughts and stories to tell. And now that my sight has returned, I've also been able to read again.

The first book I read when my sight returned was 'Summerwater' by Sarah Moss. I bought it from Waterstones at the beginning of the year and wasn't entirely sold on the premise when the bookseller explained it to me, but after finishing it, I was very impressed. This book is incredibly clever. Moss doesn't use speech marks, but its clear who is speaking. Each character is distinct. I loved following their individual journeys throughout. It has an eerie feel also which I enjoyed. I'll definitely be reading more of Sarah Moss's work in the future.

As an added side-note, I also got my second COVID vaccine last week, with no side effects. I did wonder if it would affect me differently since going on insulin, but the second injection was actually better than the first.

On writing, I'll be trying to create more content for this blog and for my Instagram page @alexallisonfiction. Our final semester of university is starting next week and I want to make the absolute most of it. Get ready for short stories, poetry and extracts from the full novel I'll be sending to agents/publishers soon.

Thank you for reading this slightly rambled post. It's therapeutic to write things down, and I can't wait to share more of my journey with you,

Stay creative,

Alex Allison


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