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Hi, my name is Claire, and I have type 1 diabetes.

When I was ten we were skiing and I threw up a couple of times, so the next day my dad took me to the doctor. She took one look at me and guessed that I had diabetes, and made me pee in a cup. Sure enough, I was above 500 mg/dl and had ketones, so they sent me straight off the Children's Hospital. I was there overnight in the Intensive Care Unit.

At first I was just pretty confused, and honestly, my brother and sister were more scared then I was. But now I'm fourteen and I've had diabetes for four years, and I pretty much do everything by myself. I have a pump and a CGM.

The biggest thing that I've learned about diabetes is that you have to take care of yourself and to be your own advocate. If you don't, people might think that they know what's best for you, when it really isn't. Also, stick with it. It gets easier, and you learn how to manage it.

The best part about diabetes is that you are part of a cool, unique community that nobody else gets to share.

If you want to contact me, email my at . I also have a blog about diabetes:

Published August 29, 2011


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