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Hi my name is Joshua and I am five years old. I am in Senior Kindergarten. I live in Ontario, Canada. I was four when I was diagnosed. I was diagnosed with diabetes in September 2003.

Mom knew something was wrong when I started getting really thirsty all the time, and then started eating a lot -- almost as much as my Dad -- and then was hungry again one hour later.

Mom took me to the doctor and he did a test on me and said I had to go down to the Children's Hospital of SouthWestern Ontario. I got down to the hospital and they did a finger poke on me and my blood sugar was 31 mmol/l [558 mg/dl]. I had my first insulin needle 30 minutes later.

I was on injections 3 times a day for 10 months and then I got an Animas Insulin pump, which I named Bob. Bob makes it much easier. I only get a needle ever 3 days and I can eat what I want when I want.

I do my own finger pokes and dial up my insulin doses that my Mom tells me I need and then I double check with her to make sure it is right. It has only been a couple months and my A1C has dropped down below 7.

I love my pump and I am happy that my Mom and Dad got me my insulin pump. I have a friend at school and her Mom is a diabetic with a MiniMed and I can do spend time at her house without my Mom and Dad worrying that I should eat something that they do not know about, as she has been pumping for 8 years and knows what I can and cannot eat without giving me insulin.

I like riding my bike, playing t-ball, swimming and playing in the sandbox with my brother Cody who is 2 years old.

Please write to me and I will write back. Email us at briarw AT



Published October 11, 2004

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