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My name is Shelby! I am 13 years old. I live in Arizona. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 10. I take Lantus and Novolog.

Well here is my story. My parents knew I was very sick when they found out I was so very very thirsty all the time and going to the bathroom constantly. I also always just lied in bed all day and took naps. Usually I am very active and I rarely ever take naps in the middle of the day. Then one day I was so sick that I could not walk to my bus stop and go to school. I was breathing funny, so my Mom called 911 and some guys came to our house and checked me out. They told us to go to our local doctor's office so they could find out what was wrong. Then thats when we got the news -- that I had diabetes. Then we rushed to the hospital. I stayed there for a couple of days until I was better. When I went back home, my life changed forever.

I missed the last two weeks of school after that. (It was around the end of the school year when this happened.) My Mom and I took that time to learn more about my diabetes. We saw doctor after doctor and then some. And we learned so much from them. But of course I am learning something new everyday, and I still have plenty to learn.

Ok, then school came back. At the time I was in the 6th grade. But there was no nurse at my school, and I was the only student there with diabetes. So basically I didn't have anyone to really help me or understand me at school. But then the next year at school, 7th grade (the grade I am currently in) my school finally got a nurse. I was so happy, I finally had someone to talk to and to help me out! Her name is Cindy, and she is really nice to me. Things have turned out much better this year then last year for me. But unfortunately, I am still the only diabetic child at my school.

One thing I am really interested in trying out is the insulin pump. But unfortunately, I'm just not able to get it, because of my mom's insurance. I'm hoping I can get one someday, maybe it will make managing my diabetes easier. But I actually think that is not going to happen anytime soon.

Well, I do have one thing to say to people my age who have gotten diagnosed with diabetes. Don't worry. Diabetes may take a while to get used to, but after you get the hang of it, it will just be your lifestyle. Just try your best to keep your blood sugar under control and take your medication when you're supposed to. And one other thing, we will find a cure for diabetes someday. It could be tommarrow when we find a cure or maybe in the next 10 years. Just be patient, that day will come soon. No one knows when, but when it comes, the world will surely be ready!

If you want to contact me, my e-mail address is shelbymedel AT


Published April 26, 2008

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