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Hey, I'm Andrea, but all my friends call me Andie. I was diagnosed on May 5th 2000, when I was eight years old. I went to all sorts of doctors all over the city and a nurse finally found out what was wrong! The day that she sent me to the hospital, I remember being excited because I hadn't been in a hospital before. (Except for when I was born obviously.) All the doctors and nurses were really supportive and I had and ok time learning about this new experience. That nurses name was Jody, and she is my hero, for if she hadn't found out what was wrong with me, I wouldn't be talking about my experience right now.

The day I went back to school, one of my classmates--who is also diabetic--and I, became best friends, but when I went to her house one day she told me that if I snacked, it wouldn't hurt, in other words, "the adults won't know and you won't get sick." After that I have had a problem getting my diabetes on track, and every time I do, she somehow throws me off track again.

Now that I'm older, I know that that wasn't a friend at all. I try to stay away from her as much as possible and I'm doing a lot better!

I am having some trouble with my diabetic doctor, so I've decided that when I'm older instead of becoming an actress like I wanted to, I'm going to become a counselor who specializes in diabetics because I feel that if a doctor hasn't experienced the illness, then how can they tell us what to do. I support anyone who wants to make the same decision in their future :)

A while ago, my doctor got me so mad because even though I was improving, she would still tell me that it wasn't good enough. So for about 4-5 months, I stopped giving 3 of my 4 daily injections! I would get extremely sick and would have ketones for weeks! I wouldn't tell my mom because I knew that she would freak. I had to make myself some appointments with a diabetic counselor so that she could help me without my mom knowing. But one day, without notice, my mom canceled my appointment, I got really sad and told her that I had a problem that was life or death, and finally, I just couldn't keep it in anymore. I told her, and she didn't get mad. Together, we thought up a plan to get my insulin injections back on track, and it worked!

My piece of advice to a newly diagnosed diabetic would be that your not alone! Many thousands of kids all over the world have diabetes and if you need to talk to someone, there are so many resources ... your family, friends, doctors, pen pals, etc.

Also, if a friend says that eating out of turn won't hurt you, or dares you to do something that has to do with risking your health, you know that that's not a friend and you need to tell someone!

I would love to hear from any diabetics, of any age who need someone to talk to, or if you just want to be friends. My e-mail is hurricaneandrea AT

Published January 15, 2005

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