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At the age of thirteen I was thrown into a whirlwind of a whole new life. Up until this point my life had consisted of playing outdoors for hours, hanging out with my friends, and blending in with everyone else at school. As a teenager in middle school this was all I could have hoped for. I went to school every day, did exactly what all the other kids did, then came home to parents who loved me and were not worried about my health. Until the day of my physical came. By this point I had been feeling wrong for a long while, but who would have ever thought something was actually wrong with me? Certainly not me, nor anyone in my family.

That day at the doctor’s office they checked everything that they normally would in a physical, and on a limb, my blood sugar. While a normal blood sugar is around eighty, mine well exceeded three hundred. I was a Type One Diabetic. If I was a shock to me, it was earth shattering to my parents and the rest of my family. We had no idea where to go from here.

My next few days were spent inside my local hospital, desperately trying to get my blood sugar down. Along with that, I was being taught how I was going to have to manage my day to day life after I left the hospital. It was all so over whelming, I was in a panic. I had no idea how I was going to do this on my own, day after day.

School was no longer easy, I no longer felt confident, and I was far away from blending in with the other kids. Now whenever I felt a little off, got a little cranky, or wanted to eat, I was expected to check my blood sugar. I was able to do this with a glucometer that my insurance helped me get. Once I checked my blood sugar, I was free to eat, as long as I gave myself a shot afterward. Thanks to my insurance greatly reducing the cost of my insulin pens, I was able to take these shots. Eventually I was able to get an insulin pump, once again brought to me by my insurance. More than this I needed pump supplies, lancets, test strips, and a hundred other things. It is easy to see how important my insurance is to me, because without their help there is literally no way I could obtain all these supplies. My insurance provider doubles as my hero.

Eventually I was released and began to learn how to take care of myself, I learned my limitations and the loopholes. Slowly but surely I returned to my old self.

My insurance is immensely important to me, it is what keeps me alive. My insurance is what allowed me to have that first doctor’s appointment where they decided to check mu blood sugar. Had I not been insured I may have not found out in time to avoid something traumatic. It was what had kept me healthy until this point.

As for my days in the hospital, I doubt my family’s finances, or anyone’s for that matter, could have covered those fees. Yet without that time, I would never have learned what a carbohydrate was, how many were in the food I eat, or how to give myself a shot to cover that food. Without those skills I would have not been able to take care of myself. It is likely I would have died.

Even now, each day I am pumped full of my insulin, which is largely covered by my insurance. Without this simple action I would not live.

Insurance is such a necessity in my life that when choosing what to study when I go to school, the insurance benefits greatly impact my choices. Never would I choose a career that could not provide me with the life sustaining supplies that I require. First of all, I no longer would be able to live. But most importantly, I want to be covered in case of any unforeseen problems that may arrive in live.

My insurance is important to me not only because it reduces the cost of doctors appointments, pharmaceutical prescriptions, and medical supplies, but because it is reassuring. I know that as long as I have my insurance nothing too damaging can happen in life. My insurance is there to cover anything that may go wrong, anything that takes me by surprise, and even the best things in life.

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