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Me (left) and my sister

My name is Maddy and I'm 16 - I'll be a junior in August. I was diagnosed right before kindergarten. A lot of kids seem to have had super-high sugars when they arrived at the hospital, but I was relatively lucky. I don't remember what my reading was, but it was probably around 300. Unfortunately, I get 300's often enough. :)

My only memories of the hospital were good ones, except for the shots of course. The hospital staff used to bring me milk in those little cardboard cups, and since I hadn't been to school yet, I thought those were awesome.

In the 1990s they had these videos telling kids what diabetes was all about, and even then they were really dated. But I watched them a LOT.

I have a younger sis who is not diabetic, and no one else in my family is either, so it was kind of unexpected. Some people say it's bad luck, which is true, but what's also true is that diabetes is NOT the worst thing that can happen to you. By any means. I had a teacher in 7th grade who, every time I had a sugar issue, reminded me that it wasn't cancer. He was right! Plus, we don't get handicapped parking, which must be saying something.

I'm getting ready for a service trip to Cambodia coming up soon. In 2008 I went to Thailand and Laos to do similar work. So I have this big interest in Southeast Asia. In school I like math and science. What else....I love to dance, that's my life. Ironically, it doesn't help my sugars - it actually tends to make them go higher after about 10 minutes of workout. (?) But I'm sure in the long run it's going to have a good impact.

The biggest tip I have for newly diagnosed kids? Don't flip out. Stressing can never do you good, sugars aside. It's tough at first to remember to check and to bolus/inject, but soon enough it'll become instinctive.

Well, that's about all. I'd love to chat with others about having type 1, or to talk to someone who is recently diagnosed. I really don't care your age or gender. Drop me an email at , I'll definitely respond.

Take care!

Published August 4, 2010

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