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My name is Graham. I live in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes on May 12th, 1999. I just turned 5 years old. The signs that made my family worry were: I was drinking a lot during the day and even the night! I was waking up in the middle of the night with a wet bed, and ask for more to drink! I was falling asleep on the school bus on the way home. And I was starting to get skinny, so much so that you could see my ribs! There was a little bit of stress in our family at the time, so everyone thought that I may have been the stress that was causing me to wet the bed. Which in turn was causing me to wake up in the night. Which was causing me to fall asleep on the bus. And as for the drinking a lot, we were having a rather hot heat wave come through at the time. But since these are the signs for Diabetes, my family took me in to the doctors to just rule this out! But to all of our surprise, I was Diabetic! There was and still is alot of tears and sadness. We all knew that once I was on the Insulin shots I would feel much better. And so would my family.

  Graham and his sister Meaghan
Graham and his sister Meaghan

Four hours after my appointment to the doctors, we had a phone call to go to McMaster Hospital Emergency. This is where I was to start my new way of life. I thought I was going to be scared. But once I was given a room, the fun began. I stayed at the Hospital for 4 days. I was able to play Super Nintendo, watch movies and play with new friends there. The only part I didn't like was the needles and finger pokes! But every time I would have a needle, the nurses would bring out the treasure chest and let me pick out a toy. At the hospital a Child Life Counselor came and explained to me what was happening to my body. She gave my sister Meaghan and I a doll to decorate and make them our own. I made my doll look like Batman. I called him "Captain D the Diabetes Dude." I like to take care of him. I give him Insulin needles and finger poke almost everyday. My sister called hers "Megga Muffin." She really likes to take care of her doll. And she takes care of me too! She helps give me finger pokes and she holds me when I have to have my needles. But I really prefer my Mom. I call her "THE POKEMOM." All the kids at school crowd around to watch her do my finger pokes at lunch time. Beth, my Child Life Counselor, came to my school and explained to my friends how to be Diabetes Buddies. Now my friends feel very important in my life too.

Having Diabetes isn't really that bad. Not really that much has changed. My Mom takes care of my Insulin and my diet, to keep me in target until I'm old enough to take care of my own. And my Daddy takes us out every night for a swim, biking, hiking, soccer, hockey, or even just for a walk to the playground. And Friday nights are the greatest! We get to go to any restaurant we want for dinner, and that's not all! It is treat day! We get any treat that we want, and my Mom adjusts my Insulin for it! I've never really was to big on candy, but it is nice to know that if I want I can still have it! My Nana is trying to learn to take care of me to! So I can go to her house for a sleep over, just like I used to.

I just got a Insulin Pen, and they are great! I hardly even feel it! I'm just glad I'm feeling better now! If you would like to e-mail me for any great ideas, suggestions or recipes for me or my Mom I'm at sherris@sympatico.ca

Stay positive, and hope for a cure.

Published August 9, 1999



                 
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