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Jace Hi. My name is Jace Clegg and I am 3 1/2 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on September 28, 1998. I was only 28 months old. My mommy and daddy had a feeling that something was wrong since I was wet all the time and I couldn't take a bath without wanting to drink all the water. I would get very mad when they wouldn't let me have something to drink all the time. Mommy became very concerned about me. There was no history of this in our family, so my mom and dad were very shocked.

Monday morning, Mommy called Dr. Adams, and he wanted me to come in to the office right away for some tests. So mom and dad took me to see him. They did a urine test and when my doctor came in to talk to my mom, I think she knew what he was going to say. He was very nice to her, but he told her to go home and pack some things because we would be staying at the hospital for a few days. He said he would call the hospital to let them know that we were coming.

We went to the hospital where they took a blood test and checked me over. The people there asked my mom and dad a lot of questions. Then they had to put an IV in my hand and I didn't like that at all! I cried and cried. A nurse took my mom and dad to a special room where she told them I had Type I Diabetes. She explained what that was and what would happen while we were at the hospital. My mom was really confused and scared, and she cried a lot, but the nurse was very nice to explain everything to her. In the hospital, they came in and poked my fingers a lot and gave me lots of shots. I was really scared. My Grandma came to stay with my mom in the hospital while she learned how she would have to take care of me. All the nurses really liked me a lot and I liked them too.

I will be 4 in May and I have had Diabetes for a year and a half now. We are doing pretty well, but still have our highs and our lows. I am learning to do my own finger pokes and I am very brave when I have to have my shots. I am learning to feel the lows and the highs and I tell my mom when I need something to eat. We tell everyone we know about Diabetes and what it is like to have this disease. We are hoping and praying everyday that there will be a cure found soon. We would like to talk to anyone about what it is like to have Diabetes. My mom can be reached at and will respond to anyone who emails her.

Published April 2, 2000

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