My name is George-David Nelson, and I wanted to create a blog to tell my story.
Don’t worry; I’m not going to bore you with the story of my whole entire life. I just want to share the story of my diabetes and my addiction to stimulant drugs, and how they aggravated and worsened each other until I nearly died.
Drug and alcohol abuse is a huge problem worldwide. Diabetes also affects millions of people in the United States alone. Lifestyle and eating habits cause some cases of diabetes, but many cases are caused by genetics, and so are unavoidable by the person born with it.
Although both drug addiction and diabetes are common problems, from my personal research, there does not seem to be a lot of information out there about people who suffer from both together. Drug or alcohol addiction combined with certain types of diabetes is particularly dangerous, and since both problems are common, there must be many people out there with stories like mine, or who may develop the same issues later.
I wanted to create this blog about my story to help anyone with diabetes or with drug addiction, but especially for people who have both. If you suffer from addiction issues, please get help. Do not wait and do not deny having a problem. There is no shame in taking care of yourself and bettering your life by seeking treatment. If you have diabetes of any type, please never ever try drugs! It is not worth it to get addicted and to put yourself at even higher risk of severe health problems or death.
If I could go back in time and tell myself one thing, I would say that little boy with diabetes never to drink or do drugs. I would say to him to take care of himself and to be grateful instead of angry that diabetes is his only health problem. I would tell him to take his insulin and eat healthy foods regularly and be glad that he is alive. I would tell him to love himself more than ever to try any drugs, and not to listen to anyone who told him otherwise. I would say to him his body is a temple, and to be mindful of what he puts into it.
Please, if you struggle with addiction and/or diabetes, please listen to me. I want to be that voice that wasn’t there for me when I was suffering from my own health and addiction issues.
Keep reading to hear my story.