Hello! My name is Chelsea and I was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes on January 5, 1999. I remember the day very well unfortunately. My mom had taken me out of school that day because I hadn't been feeling too great. I was sleeping a lot and my legs were feeling really stiff. On a recent skiing trip we had went on I could barely make it down the hill, I was so tired. Trust me, that is not like me at all. My mom and I took the gondola down to the bottom of the hill. Then we took a short walk to a near Starbucks, which to me seemed to take forever.
That little incident was what brought me to the front desk of the doctor's office. They took me back and took about as many different samples that they possibly could, including a blood sample which I hated. But little did I know that it was the beginning of my shot taking career. (I had just recently learned a little about what diabetes is and all it entailed to because my nine year old cousin had gotten diabetes the week before). After the doctor's office my mom treated me to a king size Snickers bar and a huge Pepsi! Not knowing that I had diabetes. (I felt even worse after that.) I didn't even savor it!
That afternoon when I was studying for the big Social Studies test with my friend, my mom came over and told me the doctors wanted to look at me again. When we got home I learned that I had all of the symptoms of diabetes and my blood sugar level was very high. I bawled my head off all the way to the hospital. I thought my life was over. It wasn't, as a matter of fact it was just the beginning of my life. A wonderful life to be exact.
Diabetes has helped me to be better about my diet and I have learned so much more about my body. I have met the neatest kids with diabetes and have learned that I am not alone! I recently went to a camp for children with diabetes and it was the most fun I've ever had in my life! It was a blast! I made so many friends and plan to go back next year!
I understand that there are plenty of downsides to having diabetes, and I'm sure you know most of them. But we can't be pessimists all of the time. About me, I guess I'm just your average kid with a pancreas out of insulin. I'm 12 years old. I live in Colorado. I have a mom, dad, brother, and dog. I play basketball, volleyball, golf, and swim on my awesome swim team. I'm going into junior high this year and am an A student. I love the Internet and would love to hear from you. I have so much more to tell you about myself! I look forward to hearing from you soon! Bye!
Chelsea receives e-mail at [email protected]
Published July 31, 1999
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