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Photo My name is Josh Lamplough. I am 11 years old. I live in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and have had type 1 diabetes since Memorial day 2000. I started feeling sort of sick a couple weeks before that. No matter how much water I drank, I couldn't drink enough, I was always thirsty. And I couldn't stop going to the bathroom!! When I went to the doctor on Monday, the doctors knew almost right away that I had diabetes. They pulled my parents aside and told them that they were going to take a blood sample and check for high blood sugar. The test results were back in a couple minutes and my blood sugar was almost 600 (my urine was over 1000) and I had ketones.

They sent me directly to the hospital. I stayed in the hospital for 2 days. I was very sad. I didn't feel well, they wouldn't let me sleep and they kept giving me shots and taking blood. When I got home, it wasn't much better. I didn't want to get my all. My parents came up with a contest to help us all get through this new lifestyle. We went to a store and picked out a BMX bike that I wanted. We set points for the time it took each time I had to check my sugar to completing my shot. The shorter the time it took, the more points I would get. When I got to 500 points, I would get the bike. After 1 week, I was already checking my sugar by myself and drawing up my shots. I gave myself my first shot 3 weeks later. I have been doing my own shots after that. My parents got me the bike after I did my own shot. I didn't have to get to 500 points, I got it early because I did my own shot.

My doctor (Dr. Bielski) and the people at the Delnor Hospital Diabetes Education center are awesome. (Dara, Jean and Parrish are the best.) I have gone on fund raising walks and education fun fairs that they have sponsored.

My family and I went to the Children with Diabetes conference at Disneyland in July. We had a great time!! I met allot of kids from all around the world and got to swim all the time. They had a pyramid with a water slide. I learned about what was going on to try and cure diabetes. We are going again to the one this year in California!!!!

All in all, I wish that I didn't have diabetes but there are kids in the world who are much sicker that I am so its OK.

I would love to talk to anyone by email at joshlamplough [at]

Published February 1, 2002

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