Back to Kids' Voices Ann Schroeppel
Ann's picture. Click to see a larger picture. Hi. My name is Ann Schroeppel. I live in Springfield, Missouri. I have been a Type 1 diabetic since May 1, 1997.

In the evening of April 30, 1997, I went to an urgent care doctor because my parents had been noticing some changes in my behavior. I was drinking gallons at a time, eating everything I could get my hands on, waking up numerous times during the night to use the restroom, etc. However, the real reason we went was because that morning at school, I had called my mom at work to tell her that I simply couldn't see. Everything was blurry. I couldn't see faces of anyone or read the writing on the board, and this all happened overnight. I was very scared.

When we went to the doctor, he told me, practically, that I was on drugs, and that was why my vision was blurred. This was totally a false accusation. I told him all of the symptoms I had been having, but he still didn't even bother to test my blood sugar.

The next day, I went to my pediatrician. He checked for ketones, which were extremely present, and he also tested my glucose level. When the machine told him that I was over 600, he told me that I needed to go home and pack my bags for the hospital. I went home, got my things together, told the rest of my family, called one friend and let her know, and then I went to Cox North Hospital. The people there were extremely nice to me. Considering the circumstances, it was a pleasant stay. Once I learned everything that would get me on my feet, I left.

Life after that has been a roller coaster with diabetes emotionally and physically. An added task, besides the checks, injections, and new diet, was the control of my blood sugars while playing strenuous sports, which is something that I am still trying to master. I play tennis, basketball, and softball, so the exercising wasn't a problem, it was the ... keeping-myself-from-falling-low-while-making-sure-that-my-blood-sugar-was-in-range-to-play ... that was tough for me to accomplish.

However, I'm still doing the best I can with everything. I try my hardest to watch what I eat, and do everything else as frequently as I need to, or as much as possible, anyway.

In August of 1998, I began using an insulin pump. It has made my life so much easier. Now I am able to eat whenever I want. My life isn't as scheduled as it used to be. I would recommend it to anybody starting at the age of 14 or 15.

I would like to urge anyone that reads my home page to send me an e-mail if you would like to give me any helpful hints, say any comments or suggestions you have about my home page, or if you would like to ask me questions, feel free to do so. I will try to get back with each and every one of you as quickly as possible, but please be patient.

I love helping people and I think this is an excellent way to do so. Even if you just want to chat about anything at all, send me a letter via e-mail. Thanks for visiting!

Ann receives e-mail at

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