Four years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Since the disease was asymptomatic (meaning, it doesn’t have much symptoms), I never even knew I had it, but I had type II diabetes and it was irreversible. How did I found out I had diabetes? It was simple. My right eye bled (out of too much stress at the time) from my previous work and my ex narcissistic boyfriend. I had to undergo pan retinal photocoagulation (that’s eye laser for you) twice and to be honest, my eye doctor explains, “Parang winelding lang natin yung retina mo. Sunog na yung lahat ng bahagi niya. So you’re not allowed to do anything physically exhausting like jumping, running and carrying heavy objects—otherwise, your retina might get detached and you might go blind.” Can you imagine how I felt after being told I have proliferative diabetic retinopathy? I was also told that if my lifestyle will not change, I might eventually go blind even before I turned 50. If you were in my shoes, what would have been your reaction then?
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Sadly, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of every five Filipinos has diabetes. By the year 2030, WHO predicts that the Philippines will be among the top 10 countries with the most people suffering from this chronic disease. So I had to learn to live my life with maintenance medicines at the age of 35. I even had an expensive eye drop (an anti-glaucoma) which I had to use twice a day to make sure my eye pressure won’t go that high.