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My name is Rachel. I am 11 years old and diagnosed with diabetes when I was 20 months old. I was diagnosed with a blood sugar of over 600. My parents and grandparents had been traveling in Aruba when I got sick. I spent many hours in the ER in Aruba and the doctors there told my mom I had the flu. A young woman on the plane home knew what was going on and had me picked up by an ambulance as soon as the plane landed. Mom calls Sarah my guardian angel, but I just call her friend.

I live in Massachusetts. I love to dance and perform. I belong to a dance studio. I have been dancing for 7 years. I love being on stage and having the lights on me.

I spend most of my summers at the Clara Barton camp for girls with diabetes. I love that at camp diabetes is the norm. I don't always enjoy having diabetes. There are many great thing though, I have met so many wonderful people through camp and support group meetings my mom runs. For us diabetes has become just one more thing in our routine. I always laugh when I call mom after school and tell her my blood sugar first thing and my mom will say ok but first how was your day.

I feel important when my day comes first not my diabetes. Please feel free to email my parents at kpheulpin AT My mom loves to answer questions or help if she can.

Published May 13, 2007


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