When Josh started experiencing extreme weight loss, fatigue, a constant thirst, and the need to go to the toilet “at least six times an hour”, Jenna knew there was something wrong with her husband.
According to a report on news.com.au, The Block star knew that even though Josh put his condition down to being stressed from filming, it was definitely something more sinister.
While visiting the doctor, Josh was reportedly told that his blood sugar levels were at 35, when a normal person’s should be at around 4-6.
Jenna, who has been married to ‘best friend’ Josh for three years, told of the experience in her blog, “At this point in time we had no idea what this meant and even what a normal blood sugar level should be, but I can honestly say that I have never felt so afraid.”
He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
“The first thing Josh said to me was ‘if this is going to affect our chances of having children, we should think about starting now’. He knew this is something we wanted in the future. I wasn’t strong enough to hold back my tears, because even after he had just received a diagnosis that would change his life forever, all he could think about was how it would affect me!”
The day before I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes – 2013. Jens blog post up soon on the website about the shock pic.twitter.com/cRBXfxHNIN
— Josh & Jenna (@JoshJenTheBlock) June 21, 2015
Josh’s pancreas isn’t able to create enough of its own insulin, which means that he now has to inject himself everytime he consumes food or drink, which can be up to six times a day.
“I would trade everything we had and everything we won to take diabetes away from Josh.”
“But you know what? That isn’t how Josh looked at things. What was done was done and it couldn’t be reversed so Josh wanted to continue life as it was before… which meant renovating! Although more difficult than before (which we never thought possible) it was a welcome challenge and distraction and one we were thankful to be healthy enough to be able to undertake, no matter how many needles in the process!” Jenna said.
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