Young Leaders from South Africa

My name is Keegan Hall and I am 24 years old and have Type 1 Diabetes for the past 8 years. I was born on the 16th December 1988. I work for a Healthcare Communications firm in Johannesburg as the Public Relations Assistant and Social Media.

I was diagnosed with diabetes in the May of 2005 when I was drinking and urinating in excessive amount and my mother consulted her friend whose son lives with Diabetes. My mother’s friend said that I should have my blood sugar checked. The result of the sugar test was 29.1 mmol/l and due to the lack of education my family and I had we no idea what 29.1 mmol/l meant. I was the first person in my family to be diagnosed with diabetes, hence the lack of awareness. We soon realized that my condition was serious and needed immediate medical attention. I went to my General practitioner and he started me on a regiment of insulin and made sure I could test my sugar and inject myself. It took 5 and half hours from the time I tested my blood to when I left the hospital. Compared to many people, I had it lucky; I was never admitted into hospital when diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

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