2020 Global Art Competition

040 Bridget, age 14, Ghana

It started when I was 11 years old. It started with malaria. On the 27th of February 2019, I was not feeling well which my body was increasing in size even when I have not eaten and at the same time, I was reducing weight. On the 28th of February that Thursday in 2019, I was not feeling well at all so I was sent to Kwamang Health Centre and was admitted for two days with the conditions of severe malaria. I was given medications and was discharged after two days, and went home.

Two months later, I felt sick seriously again so I was taken to Mampong Government Hospital and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes with hyperglycemia. I was then admitted for almost a week. I was then referred to Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for further examination so I was taken to Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) on the 9th of May 2019 where type 1 diabetes was confirmed by the doctor in charge and I was told to come for review every month which I have been doing since the 11th of July 2019. I was again sent to Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital even though I use to go for regular check-ups but this time I was having visual difficulty and a headache as well. So I was given medications at the hospital and was asked to continue my usual review.

One happy and important thing is that I regain weight and became a bit fat which everyone was happy for me and I was also happy for myself because before I was taken to the hospital for treatment, I was loosing weight every present day so when I regain weight and beauty I was happy for myself.

On the 21st of November 2019, I went for a trip to Cape Coast with other children who have similar health issues like mine. We did many things such as playing, singing, learning and we also had a gift and that is all I can say. I returned to my hometown with much joy, happiness and much excitement. For now I am feeling good at all times. I make sure I go for my monthly check-ups, I make sure I take my medication on time, I make sure I check my blood glucose level at the right time.

One challenge I had was I developed a swollen shoulder after taking the insulin injection but after I reported it to the doctor on my next visit I was given medications to treat the infection. I thank the Almighty God for the help of everyone, my project, my sponsor, my teachers both at project and school, my doctors, my pastors, my family, friends, and everyone for their support. May the good Lord continue to bless us all!!!

Thank you.