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Hi! I'm Kathryn (15) and this is Tim (11). My sister Marissa has diabetes. When I was younger I wished I had diabetes so I could be like my big sister. That's how much I love her. But sometimes Mom did blood tests on me when I asked her to and, Ouch!, I didn't like it. So I guess I really am glad that I don't have diabetes.

We love our sister Marissa and would do anything for her. We were even tested for diabetes antibodies. All over the United States, researchers are testing siblings (you know, brothers and sisters) of children with diabeters to see who might be just about to get diabetes. Some scientists and doctors think they can prevent diabetes by giving small amounts of insulin or large doses of a special vitamin, so they're looking for children to help them. But we couldn't help, because our tests said that I'm not going to get diabetes.

If you have diabetes and have a brother or sister who doesn't, ask your mom or dad to find out how to get them tested. It just might help find a way to prevent diabetes. Wouldn't that be great?

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Last Updated: Friday August 19, 2005 10:36:12
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