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Photo Hi. My name is Sharayah and I am six years old. I was diagnosed with type 1 when I was just 3 years old.

My mom and dad said I was really sick for a few months. I had a lot of ear infections that just wouldn't get better. I was also tired all the time and only wanted to drink. I was never hungry. They took me to my doctor and he told them I was dehydrated and needed to go to the emergency room. I lost a lot of weight and they said that was because of being dehydrated. They told us when we were at the hospital that I had a stomach virus and would be better when I got the IV.

Two days later mommy and daddy had to take me back to the doctor again. I started just sleeping and drinking all the time again. But this time I didn't want to wake up. My doctor called the hospital and told them I was coming and they were ready for me.

They put me in my own room and did a blood test right away. Then a bunch of doctors came in and told us that my blood sugar was 1400 and that I was in diabetic ketoacidosis. I had to be in the ICU for a whole day. It was really scary at first.

Then I got to go to my own room, and they even let me have a wagon to ride in. Mommy and daddy had to learn all about giving me shots and how to do my finger sticks. That was really scary at first too. But now it doesn't scare me at all. I had to stay in the hospital for a week. There was even a nurse there that would come in and play with my barbies with me. She was really nice.

I've been in the hospital a few times since then too. And I had to go in an ambulance once. The ambulance was kind of fun. Mommy said that my diabetes makes me special, because no one else at my school is a diabetic. I am the only one.

All of my friends in my class love to go to the nurse with me when I do my fingersticks, and all of their moms said it was ok too. Ever since I came home I have been doing my own finger sticks. I want to learn how to do my own shots but daddy says I'm still to little.

I am really allergic to latex, so my doctor said I have to use insulin pens instead of the needles. That way the needle doesn't have to go through the latex and then poke me. That means I have to have two shots when I have breakfast, but that's ok.

I have a brother, Ethan, and he is nine now. Sometimes we get him to do a fingerstick too, but he acts like it really hurts. I just laugh at him.

I also have a cousin who has type 1. But she lives in another state and we only get to see each other during the summer when we go to our family reunion. I wish we lived closer.

I would like to hear from other kids who are diabetic also.

My email is toni_d28 [at] That is my mom's address but she said I can use it too.

Published January 26, 2002

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