My name is Carolyn and I have diabetes. I found out that I had diabetes on Christmas Day, 1999. It was not a great Christmas present but I am alive and well and am helping my dad write this story. That day, I was at my Oma's (dutch grandmother) when I became very sick. I went to the local hospital and then by ambulance to a bigger hospital one hour away. My Oma lives in the country so that is why I went to a bigger hospital. After spending Christmas night at the big hospital, I went to an even bigger hospital for children the next day.
That Christmas Day I was two years eleven months old. Since that day I have had over 1,000 needles and over 2,500 finger pokes. I hated the needles at first but now it has become a part of my life. I know one day we will find a cure. I now do my own finger pokes and my dad has ordered me a watch that has 6 alarms on it, to remind me and my daycare teachers when to do my tests.
I play hard if not harder than most kids and I enjoy swimming, biking, doing art and playing with my best friend Vickie.
This year I am participating in my second "Walk for the Cure" so that we can find a cure for diabetes. This year I have reaised almost $3,000.00 towards finding a Cure for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Canada. I really want to find a cure for this disease so that "I don't have to do medicine anymore".
I have my own webpage that my dad made for me to bring awareness to JDF and to raise money. The address is www.magma.ca/~danwilli/DiabeteszoneHP.htm. Please visit it and if you want to help me raise money or send me a pledge you can email my dad at [email protected] or just pledge by clicking on my picture on my web site. Please help me and millions of other children. I would be really really thankful.
Thank you for reading,
Published April 28, 2001
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