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Hi! My name is Shannon and I am 6 yrs old. I was diagnosed with diabetes the day before Thanksgiving, 1996. My mom, 2 older sisters, 2 younger brothers, and I had just gotten over a stomach virus a few days before (my dad was out to sea at the time). They all got better, but I didn't. I just kept losing weight even though I was eating and drinking. I was really tired and didn't do much but lay around. I was also going to the bathroom a lot. My mom told me that if I didn't get better within a day or two she was going to take me to the doctor to see what was wrong. When my breath started smelling funny (ketones) she took me to the emergency room.

They ran a bunch of tests on me and told us that I had diabetes and that I was in diabetic ketoacidosis. My blood sugar was almost 700. They put me in ICU overnight and then moved me to another hospital the next day. I stayed there for about a week and my mom stayed with me. My 2 aunts came from out of town to take care of my brothers and sisters. They came to visit me a lot while I was in the hospital. My uncle who lives nearby came to see me too. Sometimes one of my aunts would stay the night with me in the hospital so that my mom could go home.

My mom learned a whole lot about diabetes while we were there, and started checking my blood sugars and giving me shots before I left the hospital. My older sister learned how to give shots too.

Right after I got out of the hospital, my dad was sent home from sea so that he could learn about diabetes too. Right after my dad came home from sea my mom had a new baby. I like to help take care of him.

Living with diabetes hasn't been too bad and my mom says I'm a real trooper. I can check my own blood sugar but I don't want to give myself a shot yet. I tried once and I couldn't get the hang of it, so I am having my mom and dad do it until I'm ready to try again. When I am older I want to go to diabetes camp. I would like to meet other kids with diabetes. I have enjoyed reading all the stories here and looking at the pictures!

Take care!

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