Hi!! My name is Taylor Brooke Hendrix. I am 9 years old and have had diabetes since January 28, 1999. It's not easy being a diabetic. It's been a little easier for me because my dad is a diabetic, too. He got diabetes at age 8, just like me. He was even in the same grade with the same teacher as me!
I didn't find out that I had diabetes like most people do. I didn't even get sick or show any symptoms. It just so happens that my aunt is a medical technologist. She was going to be doing urine samples at work one day and I wanted her to check mine just for fun! When she got the results from my test, she knew something was wrong. I had glucose in my urine. My mom made an appointment with my doctor to get another test done. Same results. He then ordered a glucose tolerance test done. They drew blood from my arm every hour for about 5 hours. The results of this test showed I had diabetes. My doctor then referred me to my dad's doctor and she made the diagnosis.
That was the beginning of a whole new life for me and my family. We went to a counseling session that day for me to learn more about diabetes and nutrition. I started giving myself my own shots right away. I also started doing my own finger sticks, too. It is just more comfortable for me to do it that my mom or dad. I take 2 shots a day, morning and evening. I try to check my blood as many times a day as possible. This is hard to do because my fingers get very sore. My family is hopeful that a new and easier way to treat diabetes will be available in the future to help me and my dad. But for now, we are dealing with it the only way there is.
Having diabetes takes some getting used to. It might bother you at first, but when you get used to it, it will be just like a part of your life. I keep myself busy with school, dance lessons, gymnastics, and playing with my dog, Dixie. Thanks for taking the time to read my story!
Taylor's mom receives e-mail at THendrix@calhoun.k12.ms.us.
Published September 2, 1999
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