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Hi! My name is Nicole. I am 20 years old. I live in New York with my parents. I've had diabetes since I was 16 months old. I don't remember a lot, but my parents told me I was going to the bathroom a lot and losing weight. When they brought me to the hospital, the doctors told them if I had been brought in a day later chances are I could have died. This freaked my parents out. Both mom and dad were curious and scared at the same time.

I used to get two shots a day until 1999 (when I got the pump). I love it, it gives you so much more freedom. Having diabetes can be a real pain, but you have to control it, not let it control you. Sometimes, I see how angry and scared the newly diagnosed children are. I listen to them, let them vent on me. I figure since I've had diabetes for so long, I can help them.

As far as work, I bring my testing supplies with me and when I go out to lunch I test. My managers are really nice and said if I ever feel low/high just to let them know and I could take as many brake as needed. They even said they have a mini fridge so I could store my insulin in there incase I needed it.

In the future, I would like to become a CDE or Pediatrician. Being a IDYA means so much to me. It gives you a chance to meet great people from around the world who you can share stories. If it was not for CWD, I would not have as many great diabetic friends as I do today. I feel the more people that know about diabetes the better, and if each of us lends a hand, maybe one day we can find a cure for this disease.

If you would like to know more about me, you can send me an email. My email address is nmaier AT

Nicole, September 2005

Originally published in 1996
Updated September 23, 2005

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