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Hi, My name is Paul. I am 9 years old, in fourth grade, and I live in Cary, North Carolina. I was diagnosed with diabetes on Oct. 29, 1997. This was two weeks before my planned vacation to Belize (in Central America). My doctor said that I could still go, and that I should not let diabetes stop me from doing things that I want to do. The vacation was really fun, and my numbers stayed on target. My Mom was worried, but we had a great time anyway. We hiked through jungles, saw crocodiles, monkeys, snakes, and 119 kinds of birds. We snorkled with six foot long sharks, sting rays, a spotted eagle ray, and even saw a moray eel. I went fishing and caught a 50 pound nurse shark, plus a 20 pound nurse shark. We had to work hard to keep my diabetes under control, but it didn't stop us from having fun.

Sometimes I get angry about having diabetes, so my Dad and I bought a punching bag. I use the punching bag as something to take my anger out on. This is much better than taking out my anger on my parents. Sometimes I get upset because I can't eat what everyone else is eating. My parents try hard to make it so I can eat as many things as possible, but it doesn't always work. My friend Mack is very curious about my diabetes, but not curious enough to try getting a shot or getting his finger pricked.

The lancet device I use is called Microlet. It does not hurt at all! I get 3 or more shots a day. One day I tested my blood 9 times, and I got 5 shots! I don't like having diabetes, but there are some good things about it too, like getting to have a milk shake every night and two other snacks during the day. I like giving my own finger pricks, and doing my own tests at school because it gives me more freedom, and I don't have to constantly run down to my Mom's classroom to get tested. I think kids should prick their own fingers, because you can judge how hard to press better than your parents can (but it's ok to prick your mom or dad's finger as well). I like to get shots in my stomach because they do not hurt as much. My Dad lets me practice giving him shots (of saline solution) in his stomach too.

Some of my favorite hobbies are climbing trees and playing roller hockey. I also like to explore the outdoors, and watch the animals. Horseback riding is a lot of fun to me. The only problem is that the tour guides never like to go fast enough.

I am the only kid in my school with diabetes. I would like to hear from other kids my age who also have diabetes. Please email me at

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