Back to Kids' Voices Carolyn

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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 Please visit it and if you want to help me raise money or send me a pledge you can email my dad at 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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