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Hi, my name is Azalea. I'm 10 years old and in the fifth grade. I was diagnosed with diabetes just four days before Christmas of 2007. I spent the weekend at my Aunt's house and she noticed that I was up most of the night, drinking water and going to the bathroom a lot. She called my Mom and told her what happened.

My parents came, picked me up and took me to the Emergency Room. My Mom thought I had a urinary tract infection because I was going to the bathroom a lot. The doctor said I had sugar in my urine and, to be sure, he did more tests. My blood sugar was between 400 and 500, which was too high. The doctor immediately sent my mom and me to the hospital so I could be admitted. The doctor told my parents that I was lucky because if I had waited, I would have gone into a diabetic coma.

I stayed in the hospital for a week. My Mom stayed with me. It was scary at first but I got used to it. I learned to check my own sugar, change my eating habits and give my own injections. I give myself four injections a day, watch what I eat and exercise. Hopefully, some day I could have a pump, which is easier than giving injections.

My Mom encourages me every day to stay healthy and take care of myself. It's hard sometimes, but I have to. I have an older sister and she doesn't have diabetes. My sister and I are very special to our parents. Having diabetes doesn't stop me from doing things I like to do. I'm hoping that some day there will be a cure for diabetes.

You can email my mom at aavalelef AT


Published May 17, 2008

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