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Hi. My name is Jessica Bacon and I am 12 years old. I was diagnosed on March 22, 2000. My mom was taking me to the doctor during the last class of the school day. We got there and we waited a very long time. Finally it was my turn and we went into the room. When the doctor came in he asked a lot of questions about how I was feeling They did some tests and they came to the conclusion that I was a diabetic. They sent us to Regions hospital in St. Paul Minnesota (not that far from where my family lives). When we got there we went to the children's center and waited again. When I got in they had to draw blood from me and that scared me to death! I cried and shacked until it was over. Then we talked to the doctor and he gave me some books and sheets of what I was supposed to do when I wasn't feeling good and so on.

Dr.Sheridan (my doctor at the hospital) and his staff had us come back the next day for 3 hours of classes and we got a backpack full of stuff! They drew my blood again only this time I did not cry. (I had my headphones on.) I also learned how to give myself shots. That took a while to get used to but now there is almost nothing to it. We still go to classes so my parents and I can learn what to do when I am low or don't feel good. I also get all the new stuff that comes out and man that is a lot! I now use the pen and I love it! I also have to base my insulin on what I eat and I figure out my own dosages. Now I know why we learn math in school. :) ha ha. I would love to hear from people of all ages who know what I am going through.

My e-mail address is baconbyt AT

Published June 4, 2000

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