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Hi, my name is Jordan. I am 12 and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November of 2012. It started when my family and I noticed I was using the restroom a lot. Some of my family and friends said that I was really skinny. My parents had taken me to my 12 year old check up because my birthday had just past. My doctor immediately found that since my last appointment (6 months prior) I had lost 11 pounds.

My mom and dad asked the doctor to take a urine sample because of my frequent urination. After I did that they immediately found ketones in the sample and took me to test my blood sugar. The nurse told me and her partner that it was 486. I didn’t know what this meant but they looked very concerned. They then took me back to my parent with the doctor and told them the number. Dr. George then told us that we needed to get to a hospital soon and that I was diabetic.

My parents and I spent the next four days in the best pediatric endocrinology hospital. In the four days, a lot of different doctors and nurses came and taught me all about my new life. In the beginning I was scared, but in the end I realized it was just a part of me. Before I got to go home, my parents and I had to know how to use the insulin and syringes, but this didn’t take long. Before I knew it, I was home and life was good. I got lots of visitors and friends that helped me with diabetes.

I am back to playing sports and continue to take care of myself. I now use the pen and it makes life so much easier. I am doing great with it and I know that it is just another hurdle in life.

If anyone wants to contact me or just talk about having diabetes, you can email me at .

Published July 31, 2013


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