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Hello, my name is Stephanie. I am 10 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes on 11/26/96. So I've almost had diabetes for three years. It all started when my mom noticed I was drinking and going the bathroom a lot. I was also getting skinnier. Since my mom new that wasn't right so she took me to the doctor's office. I stayed there for almost an hour. They kept calling me in then sending me to the waiting room. It started to get annoying. Finally, they let me go home. They said they would call my mom and say if I had diabetes or not. Well unfortunly I did. So I went to the hospital. I was only 356 because my mom had caught it quick. I spent 1 1/2 days in the hospital. I left on Thanksgiving. I really don't think diabetes is so bad. I mean, at least we don't have cancer or heart disease.

I count carbohydrates to figure out my meals. I have 4 carbs(60 grams) each meal. I have 1 carb (15 grams) mid-morning and mid-afternoon. I also get my finger poked 4 times a day and get 2 shots. I am used to it now. Everyone thinks you can't have regular candy, cake, or pie. I eat at least one of those things everyday. I don't let diabetes stop me.

I love to play sports. I play softball, basketball, and soccer. At school I check myself in my classroom. At least one of my friends always stays with me. My teachers also keep a bag with glucose tabs, juice boxes, and crackers in there desk. I went to camp for the first time this year. It was great! I go to a diabetes group meeting every month. I also get my glycohemoglobin tested every 3 months. My highest glycohemoglobin reading was 7.9, and that was when I was diagnosed. I have never been out of "normal". My highest glucose reading was 486, and my lowest has been 19! That was when I was at school and I hardly had any symptoms. I have went down 3 times. Once I spent the night at my friends house and that morning I went down. Luckily, her sister had diabetes and so they had the gel in their house.

I am hoping soon I will be allowed to get a pump. Please e-mail me. Please be between the ages 9-12. If you're over or under those ages we will probably not like the same things.

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Published November 10, 1999

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