Back to Kids' Voices Mohammed Hamza

Photo My name is Mohammed Hamza Younis. I lived in the United Arab Emirates for 9 years. I was born in North Carolina, USA and we just moved to Amman, Jordan. My Mum and dad decided to travel to the US and have me delivered at Duke Hospital because they both wanted a safe delivery for Mum and me. They knew that Doctors in USA are great and always say that it was the most challenging period of their lives.

I was diagnosed with diabetes year 2000. It was scary. Every body was shocked to know that I have diabetes as my mum and dad rarely buy any thing with added sugar, yet my grandpa and grandma from my dad's side have it and my Grandpa from my Mum's side has it and always says, "Only sweet people gets diabetes." That's really encouraging.

I am on shots and my Mum just learned that kids my age are using the insulin pump to control their diabetes. She will do her best to get me one to minimize visits to hospitals. I was able to reduce my HA1c form 11 to 7.5 yet I have much to do , my medical reports are like my school reports it judges how well everybody is doing as we all adjust to my diet.

Mum finished her MSc. To advance her career, she works for pharmaceutical company and says it's amusing as she gets updated on the latest advances in diabetes. My sister Razan and Dad are very supportive but the main work depends on my will.

Mohammed Hamza and his family receive e-mail at raghda_zahran AT

Published August 26, 2002
Updated September 1, 2006

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