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Hi! My name is Ariel. I am 12 years old and live in Bronx, New York. I was diagnosed with diabetes before entering 5th grade. At first I had strange things happening to me. I felt dizzy and was vomiting. One day I was at the supermarket with my family. I was extremely thirsty. I kept telling my mom my mouth felt dry, so she told me told hold on to get something to drink. Out of curiosity I put my finger on my tongue. I had no saliva on my tongue and my finger was stuck on my tongue -- that's when my mom and I started freaking out.

As the days went on I became very ill. My eyes crossed, and I wasn't responding normally. She rushed me to the hospital at midnight on June 12th. I passed out and didn't wake up until the next day. But my mom told me the rest.

The doctor had told her I was almost in a coma! I probably would have been in a coma or dead the next day. The doctor checked my blood sugar to see if I had diabetes, and sure enough I had diabetes. My blood sugar was over 1,600! When I woke up the next day my mother told me I had diabetes.

Today I am a healthy, normal kid! I love to play basketball and volleyball. I got my insulin pump before Christmas of 2005.

So if you'd like to talk to me contact me at Sweetnpunky2005 AT! If you have any questions about the insulin pump please feel free to contact me!

Me (left) with my best friend Winona

Published May 2, 2006

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