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My name's Audra. I live in Illinois. I'll be 14 years old next month and I've been diabetic since I was 10. To make a VERY long story short, I got pretty sick in January of 2001 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I started taking two shots of NPH and Humalog insulin a day. After about 8 or 9 months of that, I got really fed up with giving shots all the time and being on a restricted diet. I researched the insulin pump and my parents talked to my doctor about it. I got a MiniMed insulin pump in February of 2002, and I've been on it ever since. I absolutely LOVE it. It's made my life so much easier. I can stay up late, eat a bowl of ice cream when I want to, skip a meal, and sleep in as long as I want. MiniMed has been a huge help. If my parents or I have a question about something, we can call them anytime and they'll help us out. I would recommend the insulin pump to anyone thinking about getting one. Living with diabetes can be a big hassle, but having a pump has made things a lot easier.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure I'm at peace with having diabetes. There are still days when I'll wake up and feel different from everyone else. I think the hardest part about telling people I'm diabetic is the sympathy I receive from them. None of my friends have it, and although they and my family have been great, it's still hard not having anyone to talk to. I only tell people I'm diabetic when they ask me about my pump (most of them mistake it for a beeper) or I check my blood sugar and they want to know what I'm doing. It gets old quickly when I'll tell them I'm diabetic and they ask questions and make comments like, "So you had to give yourself shots? Ew, that's really gross." or, "But I thought only obese people got diabetes." I still don't like explaining the differences between type 1 and type 2, or what insulin does, or why it's considered a disease. I especially dislike people asking me if it's contagious (I mean, what kind of a question is that?). Most of the time I'm pretty okay with it, but I still go through days, or even weeks, when I wish I could be more like everyone else.

Responsibility is incredibly important when you're diabetic. Taking care of yourself becomes your number one priority. If you're new to having diabetes, remember to not get discouraged. It's hard at times, and there will be days when you feel like blowing it off, and there are going to be moments when you wish you didn't have it, but overall, keeping a positive attitude is the best way to go.

The thing that's helped me the most since I was diagnosed with diabetes is knowing that I am my own person. My disease doesn't control me, nor does it define my personality and what I like. I love sleeping in, staying up late, reading poetry, sneaking out to sleep outside, writing, dancing in the rain, laughing for no reason at all, roller coasters, Jude Law, old movies, love stories, hanging out with my friends, sleepovers, school dances, thunderstorms at night, partying with my favorite girls and guys, pillow fights, Fall Out Boy and Dashboard Confessional (my favorite bands), long conversations with the people I love the most, shivers going down my spine, arguing about politics, butterflies in my stomach, TRL, watching Oprah and Dr. Phil, talking on the phone, learning something new, doing something I didn't think I could, accomplishing the impossible...that's me. The very, very last thing that makes me who I am is the fact that I'm diabetic.

If you want to talk, give advice, or ask questions, please feel free to e-mail me at aud_007_baby AT or add me on ICQ (my ICQ number is 292-628-998) or add me on Yahoo (my ID is aud_07_baby). E-mail or IM me anytime!

-Love always, live forever-

Published August 19, 2005

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