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Hi, my name is Amanda. I'm 14 years old and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in March 2006. Of course, from that day on my life changed. Now I am very careful of what I eat. I check my sugars regularly and I take two shots of insulin a day.

I am a very active and athletic girl who loves to play soccer. Fortunately, I have awesome friends and family who support me in everything I do. My friends don't treat me differently because of my diabetes. Instead, some of them eat snacks with me during school and come with me to the office so that I can check my sugar.

I now wear a MiniMed 522 insulin pump in purple. This small machine has changed my life in so many different ways and I couldn't have asked for anything better. My pump has given me back the freedom that was taken away from me when I was on shots. Now, going to places with my friends is no longer a huge deal and I am able to do so many more things. Most people mistake it for a beeper but once I explain it, they understand. =)

Recently, I was in the Walk for Diabetes and my team raised over $1,500. My family, friends, and I are all hoping for a cure to come soon. Until then, I'll be living my life to the fullest with diabetes.


Amanda receives email at monkey007 AT

Published June 3, 2006
Updated November 23, 2006


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