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The Kost Family, Parkston, South Dakota

November 2003

Hi! My name is Tye Kost. I am 6 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes on October 28, 2002. I am the only one to ever get type 1 in my family that my mom can find, so having diabetes has really been a big adjustment for me and my family. I test my sugar often by myself and have shots 4-5 times a day.

I live on a farm with my family: Dad, Mom, my sister Tessa (12 years), my dog Maggie, 2 horses, and lots of cats. We grow corn and soybeans. We also have a cattle feedlot. Planting and harvest time are my favorite times of the year. I love tractors and other machinery, especially John Deere. I help my parents outside as much as I can. I can't wait until I'm big enough to drive the tractor and do field work! Rufus was able to go along with me at the end of harvest. I think he had a great time riding in the tractor.

I really like school - my favorite time is recess. I am the youngest kid to have diabetes in our area, and since my school doesn't have a nurse, my teachers, principal, and other school staff learned about diabetes and how to give me shots. My mom used my own Rufus to explain to the kids in my class about diabetes. She also compared me to a tractor. She said when a tractor runs out of gas, it won't go anymore. Just like when my sugar gets too low, my body runs out of gas and I can't go anymore either. Now my classmates are really good about watching out for me so I don't run out of "gas."

Well, that is my story. I really liked reading the other kids' stories. I hope you like mine. Thanks, Rufus, for helping me learn that I'm not the only kid with this.

See ya!

Tye Kost


Tye and Rufus in a John Deere tractor

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