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Well, it's an eight letter word, but it's changed my life. And not necessarily in a bad way.

I am a fourteen year old girl who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of six.

I'd had the typical diabetes symptoms--hunger, thirst, weight loss, fatigue and going to the bathroom as though it was my new best friend. I remember my mum carting me off to the local doctor and having a urine and blood test done. I really had no idea what was going on. When the doctor told me I had diabetes I didn't really think it was such a big deal because I'd never even heard of it until that day!

I was admitted to a Children's Hospital and over the next week learnt how to test my blood sugars and give myself injections.

I was lucky enough to attend Diabetes Camp, which was great! I made heaps of new friends and learnt that their were a lot of kids my age with diabetes, which helps.

I have to admit that I have not exactly been a great role model for diabetics. I've sneaked lollies and stuff because I've wanted to be "normal." Put these two on the scale and see how they weigh up: 1. not having lollies or 2. not having my life... and anyway, who makes up the factors of normality anyway? Someone who considers themselves as an average person? Someone who is not an individual, but a follower?

All I can really say is that if I had to choose one disease, I would have to choose diabetes because unlike some other diseases it can be controlled and doesn't have to rule your life. Letting diabetes rule you life takes away your life, but ruling diabetes gives you a life.

I guess that's my story! Well, now a little about me. I play a lot of tennis and enjoy every moment of it. I love going to the beach, but have not tried my hand in surfing yet, although I am sure I'll spend more time in the water than on the board if I do! I also play the violin and the drums (a hint of advice, don't play them together, they sound awful!). I love being around my friends because we laugh a lot when we're together. I have no idea what I'd do without them!

I love making new friends and woud love to hear from you! My email address is

Published February 8, 2000

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