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Brittney Hi my name is Brittney. I am 9 1/2 years old. I was diagnosed on June 5, 1995. I was sick for a few months prior to being diagnosed. I was taken to the local hospital, but they could not help me. I was taken to the University of Maryland. My father is a paramedic for the local ambulance service. My dad got one of his ambulances and a friend named Jeremy and rushed me to University of Maryland. When I arrived at the hospital my blood glucose level was nearly 1,000.

To help all the newly diagnosed diabetics with some advice: DON'T GIVE UP. Over time it will get easier. You should follow all the advice of your doctor's, some things may sound stupid, but they are for your own good. The hardest thing is getting used to the needles. I have to give myself some days 2 shots, some days 4 shots. Try not to eat things you are not supposed to eat.

Here are some tricks I've learned over the years:

  1. At birthday parties, and school treats I can eat the cake and things like that as long as I scrape off the icing. My daddy gets all the candy.
  2. At Halloween my mom and dad talk to my relatives and friends and they have sugar-free candy waiting for me, for the sugar candy my mom and dad give me money for it.
  3. Sometimes eating a piece of candy is okay as long as your mom and dad say it's okay.

I would really like to make some friends who have diabetes, so we would have things to talk about. If any one would like to e-mail me my address is horselover21078[@]

Published July 13, 2000

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