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Phillippa Hi my name is Phillippa and I live in Sydney Australia. I am 10 years old and was diagnosed in May 1999. My whole family was really upset at the time but we are slowly getting used to diabetes. I am in my honeymoon period at the moment which is pretty good because I only need one injection every day instead of two. I hope my honeymoon goes for a long time. I am not ready to give myself injections yet but we now have an insulin pen so I might try to use the pen myself one day.

Mum and dad are going to let me go to camp in June (mum will be coming along to see that I am ok) and soon I will be allowed to start going over to friends places again for overnight sleepovers. My friends have been really good and when I was in hospital they gave me quite a few teddy bears which I keep in my bedroom. The people in the hospital were really good when I was sick and my diabetes educator rings nearly everyday to see how I am going.

I live only a few kilometres from the Olympic Stadium where the Olympics will be held next year. I am hoping that I will be able to go and see some of the events. I will be in Year 6 in primary school when the Olympics are on but all school children will be taking holidays at the time.

I love to read and I play netball (it's like basketball) twice a week. I have a miniature dachshund called Rudy and a Guinea Pig called Gus. If anyone would like to email me my address is

Lets hope that there is a cure for diabetes soon!

Published June 4, 1999

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