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Hi. My name is Calvin. I live in Kansas. I was diagnosed with diabetes on April 1, 1999, Easter weekend. I was 9 years old when I was diagnosed.

I was really sick, drinking alot, vomiting, and breathing hard. My parents took me to the doctor and the doctor stuck my finger and checked my blood. My blood sugar was 515. They told my mom to take me to LeBonheur Childrens Medical Center. I didn't know what they meant when they said I was "diabetic".

I spent 3 days in the hospital. When I was admitted to the hospital they told my parents that I had the D and K of DKA. We didn't know what all this meant. I was really tired of them sticking my fingers and taking my blood, I just wanted to eat, I was really hungry.

I thought the doctor would make this go away, but then they told me this was for the rest of my life. I really hated the idea of getting 3 shots a day, checking my blood all the time, watching what I ate. But I thank God every day that we found out what was wrong with me, because I feel alot better now, and I've also realized that diabetes doesn't have to run your life, anyone can handle diabetes, with the right education, and the will to feel better.

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Published December 23, 1999

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