Looking After Yourself

By Joanna, age 20, South Wales, United Kingdom

Recently I was admitted to the hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis. Most of you probably don't know what that is, but it's basically when your body starts to burn fat instead of sugar for energy because you don't have enough insulin.

Because I'm diabetic, I don't produce insulin like most people, so I have to inject the right amount to keep myself healthy, which is something that is hard to do because it's a lot of trial and error working out what the right amount of insulin is, depending on what you're eating and what you're doing that day.

The main reason I wanted to write this article is to remind Sweet Designs readers that you have to look after yourself and keep yourself healthy, because even though you think these bad things that happen to people that you hear about won't happen to you, they can. I used to think I wouldn't get ill in this way because I did take my injections, but when I was rushed to the hospital I was told that if I'd come in any later it might have been too late. This was a huge wake up call, and even for readers who don't have extra medical problems like I do, I just want to remind everyone that your life is the most precious thing you have.

I had a lot of time to think in the hospital, and it's times when things go wrong like this that you realise a lot. I only told a few select people I was in the hospital - my parents (obviously) and a few friends who came to see me, and I'm grateful to every single one of them for coming in to see me knowing that I might be asleep and they might just have to sit there quietly with me. That takes true caring about someone. I think I also realised that you can't save anyone from themselves, and if someone doesn't want to be helped then you can't help them no matter how hard you try.

Make the most of every day and everyone you value because they might not always be there. Make memories you'll smile at when you look back, instead of crying. And most importantly, do what you want to do and be who you want to be, not what other people want you to do and be.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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