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Hi! My name is Amanda, and I am 16 years old. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I want to be a singer when I grow up. I haven't decided if I want to sing classical or country; I enjoy singing them both. I've been singing ever since I was two, and performing since I was six. There is nothing like the feeling of singing in front of thousands. I love it!

Well anyway, I was diagnosed with diabetes on April 19, 2000. I was lucky, I never got really sick, or had to go to the hospital. Here's what happened. I was singing at a competition in Reno, Nevada. It was a really important one, it was the state finals. It wasn't a competition where you compete against others. You would sing your song, and they'd give you a ranking. Anyway it was a lot of fun, and nerve racking too. Especially for me because it would be the first time I would be on my own. Neither of my parents went with me, I flew with a few classmates (I attend Performing Arts school).

After I sang, I knew I could have done better. I also didn't feel well, I was increadibly dizzy. My friend Jessica and I were walking around the building after we had finished singing, and I looked down at my arms and noticed that they were completley blue! I told my teacher, and tried to eat something, but the blue lasted the entire rest of the day.

The next day I went to school, and my arms were still blue! I was showing my friends, when my English teacher saw them. She sent me down to the nurse. My dad picked me up from school, and took me to the doctor. Although my doctor ran tests for pretty much everything, she assured me my blue skin was a result of stress.

The next day she called my house, and told my mom she wanted to schedule a follow up. She told us that everything was normal, except my blood sugar levels. They weren't out of control, but they were not normal. So we scheduled a 2 hour oral glucose test. The next day the doctor wanted another follow up, in which she told us of the news: I had diabetes. I didn't feel shock, anger, sadness, or anything. I guess I went right to acceptance. They sent me to an endocrinologist, and I guess the rest is history.


On August 8, 2001 after taking 5+ shots a day of Lantus and Humalog, with consistant blood sugars in the 300-400s, I decided to try the MiniMed 508 Insulin Pump. I still have high and low blood sugars, but they are fewer of them and they are much easier to control. The only problems I've had with the pump are the tape, but those small inconveniences have been outweighed by the benefits of the pump. At first I really didn't like my pump, but now I'm really happy with it. I am excited to upgrade to MiniMed's new pump in the spring of 2002.

I was also diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which is an intolerance to gluten products. It has been really hard to make the adjustment of cutting out all gluten (which includes wheat, flour, oats, barley, etc.), but I am slowly finding alternatives.

I am getting ready for college, where I plan to study pre-med. I want to become a pediatric endocrinologist and help other kids with diabetes, Celiac disease, and other related health problems.

Thanks for listening everyone! Please feel free to email me at sugarfreesweetie02 [at] If you have time, please check out my webpages:

Amanda performing

Published June 18, 2000
Updated October 10, 2001

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