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Taren Hi!

My name is Taren. I was diagnosed with diabetes February 19, 1999 at the age of 14. Even though I was completely shocked, I wasn't as upset as most people would be. This is because one of my really good friends has diabetes and it never slowed her down.

For about a week, I was eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom like they were going out of style. I think I went to the bathroom 5 times in one hour it was that bad. I told my mom, but she figured I was just going through an odd stage. I was secretly getting worried though.

On February 18 at about 11:00 at night, I got a nosebleed. I started getting paranoid, thinking something was wrong, that I wasn't just going through a stage. All of a sudden, I started balling my eyes out. I was scared. I had lost lots of weight in that week. That's when my dad and mom got worried too.

The next day, Friday, I didn't go to school, but to the doctor's office. They took blood and a urine sample and did some tests on them. My mom and I were waiting for the doctor to come back in, when we heard her on the phone with someone. She was saying how she did tests and that she'd send the results of them up with us. Then she came in with the head doctor of that office. She told us that there was no doubt about it, I had diabetes. They said my blood sugar level was so high, that their meter that reads up to 600 couldn't get a reading. I was sent to the hospital right away. No clothes, no nothing. My mom had to make a quick phone call to my dad and even then they were hurrying her to get me to the hospital.

So I was in the hospital Friday night into Saturday morning. That's it. Some people usually stay for about 3 or 4 days, but I didn't. I was so happy to get out of the hospital on Saturday. When I came home, I went shopping for groceries with my mom. Then my cousins came over. I was so happy when they came because we are really close. They have really helped me through this.

Another great person has been my best friend in the whole wide world. She was the first person I called in the hospital. I know if something ever happens, she'll be there in a second.

Now that I have probably bored you with my long story, I will tell you about myself. I am 14. I live to cheer. I also play softball. I like to shop, listen to music, and most of all, hang with my friends. I like any kinds of music, even country. This may sound weird, but one of my favorite shows is WWF Monday night Raw. I absolutely love wrestling. I want to learn how to surf, but seeing as I live in Pennsylvania, I don't see that happening any time soon. Another favorite of mine is meeting new friends on-line. So if you'd like to chat about diabetes, music, sports, or anything at all, you can write me at Thanks for reading this.

Published June 27, 1999

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