Back to Kids' Voices Kayla and Kelsey

Hi, we're Kayla and Kelsey Clarke. We are fraternal twins born in 1994 and we started our diabetes experiences at 14 months old. Kelsey was actually diagnosed first, on Mother's Day 1995. She was very sick for a couple of weeks. The doctors kept telling us she either had the flu or some virus. No matter what the doctors tried helped, Kelsey was still sick! When Mom and Dad finally had enough they brought Kelsey to the hospital. Kelsey's glucose was over 900! She spent one week in the hospital. The day Kelsey was to come home, Mom did a glucose test on Kayla. Even though the doctors said that they didn't have to worry about Kayla, because they were fraternal twins, Mom had the Mother's intuition and did a fasting test on Kayla. Her reading was 183, not real high but they knew that both would end up having diabetes. Since Mom caught Kayla's diabetes early Kayla didn't have to spend time in the hospital.

The last five years have had many ups and downs. Many times we have felt sorry for Mom and Dad trying to keep everything straight. Even though we aren't identical we have tried playing tricks on them. We have separate bedrooms and on a few nights we slept in the other's bedroom, without telling Mom or Dad! Thankfully Mom is a careful before doing our glucose tests or giving us our insulin. Being so young at the time we really didn't understand the problems that it could of caused -- we thought we were funny.

Up until November 1999 we were getting as many as four shots a day! But that all stopped the day before Thanksgiving. Both of us went on the Disetronic H-TRON Plus pump and we love the freedom that we have now. We can do anything with them on, like sports or dance. We are glad that the pumps are durable since they have gotten dropped a few times. Since we have a pool in our back yard we are also glad that they are waterproof! Best of all NO MORE SHOTS!

Each March our family travels to Washington, DC to attend the American Diabetes Association's rally for a cure. While there we attend seminars, march on Capitol Hill and then meet with our congressman to lobby for their support for more funding for diabetes research.

In June 2000 we attended the American Diabetes Association's National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. While we were there we attended a party and got the chance to dance with Miss America, Nicole Johnson. We had a blast!

We, as well as Mom and Dad (Eileen and Bill), would love to hear from you. If you'd like to contact us E-mail us at Thanks and good health!

Kayla and Kelsey Clarke


Kayla and Kelsey
Kayla and Kelsey

Kayla and Kelsey with Mom
Kayla and Kelsey with mom, showing off their pumps

July 15, 2000

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