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Photo Hi! My name is Vanessa and I live in California, USA. I am 16 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 13 1/2. It was really scary for me. I also have a genetic pancreas disease. I had been really ill and was in the hospital when I found out I was diabetic. Because I was so sick with pancreatitis my body started attacking my pancreas. It was trying to help me, but instead it hurt me. I slowly stopped producing insulin on my own.

While I was in the hospital I learned about diabetes and while I was hooked up to an I.V. (I wasnt able to eat because of the pancreatitis) I had to take insulin. It didn't seem so bad because as soon as I got better and started to eat my regular diet, I didn't need the extra insulin anymore. I still had to check my BG though and I was told that I would have to go on insulin sometime, we just didnt know when.

After about 4 months I started having to take Ultra Lente every morning. I did that until last summer. Last summer I started taking Ultra Lente twice a day and I also started taking Humalog to cover my meals. Soon after that I also started covering my snacks. Now I check my BG 5 times a day and I take at least that many injections. My doctors think that I still produce a little bit of insulin on my own, but it's not nearly enough. Diabetes is still a very scary thing for me, but I'm told that it's OK to be scared. I am starting to look into getting a pump but I am still unsure. It's a very big deal for me!

I really enjoy listening to music. It is usually the one thing that I can count on to cheer me up when I'm feeling down. My faves are Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, 98 Degrees, Nsync and Mandy Moore! I am now a senior in High School, but I am homeschooled. In the future I plan to work with kids, probably ones with health problems. E-mail me at I love to talk about anything, and I could use some friends that know what I'm going through.

Published June 10, 2001

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