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Hi, my name is Matt Nelson and I'm 14. I was diagnosed with diabetes type 1 at age 13. I had just started a vigorous training program for swimming. I thought that it was the exercise that was making me sick but it was not. For about three weeks, I had felt dizzy, thirsty, and just plain bad.

One day about three days before Valentine's Day, it hit me bad. I just felt horrible. My stomach was constantly hurting and I was always drinking. For about 3 days, this went on then the throwing up came and I could not sleep or walk. The next day we had an appointment with my physician. He plainly said that either I had a bad case of the flu or I had diabetes. They sent me to get blood taken and the nurse was scared to do it because she said, "you were rolling your eyes up and look like you were going to pass out."

I got back and waited for the results. The pain was unbearable I could not stay still. About thirty minutes later, he came in and told me the news. I really did not care because I was in too much pain. They got me to the hostpital and checked me in. The head nurse put an IV in but it popped out. They tried three more times before a surgeon had to place it in my neck.

The next day I was over whelmed by doctors and other people who were coming in and explaining what happens now. I spent the next three days in the hospital and went home late Valentine's Day night. I got home and I was overwhelmed with all the responsibility that was put on to my shoulders. Well now, 4 months later, I am as good as new and it is a part of my every day life. I play soccer and just got qualified for refereeing state games. My life has not really changed I have the same friends and they think of me the same.

If you ever just want to talk to someone about diabetes you can email me at or my AIM screen name is SoccerRef87.

Published April 29, 2001

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