By Luisa Gonzalez, Aged 9
Hello! My Name is Luisa and I am from Lisbon, Portugal. Portugal is boarded by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. Lisbon is the capital city. I have a pet dog called Figo. He is named after the Portuguese football player Luis Figo. I live with My brother Pablo and Figo, the dog. I have two big brothers. Their names are Juan, who is 26, and Pablo, who is 23.
My Dad lives in Madrid Spain, as that is where he works. But he comes and visits me every second weekend and last month he took me to see the semi-final between Real Madrid and Barcelona. My mommy moved to Canada when I was two, so I don't see her. My Daddy is able to speak three languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese. I speak English and Portuguese.
I love my Daddy and my brothers and they love me as well! All my friends think Pablo is very cute! But they can't have him as he says I am the only girl in his life!
I love playing football (soccer) with my friend After school. We also like to go shopping, and go to the movies. I am part of the choir, and I take singing lessons. I do ballet, tap, singing, and I am learning how to play the piano. I love doing them all! One day I hope to be a very good singer with a CD. My favorite singer is Alicia Keys. I love football, so, I also wouldn't mind being a coach or a manager at a big club like Real Madrid, or even the Portuguese National Team!
At school, I love doing art, Portuguese, math, science and history. Actually, I love all the subjects, and I love being on the girls' soccer team. I am the Number 7, and I play in the midfield. My best friend plays as a defender. I am going to the World Cup in June!
Being Diagnosed With Diabetes
I was diagnosed with diabetes in April 2001. I was 8 years old at the time, and I had just had the Chicken Pox. My Chicken Pox went away, but I was still very tired and sick. Nonna thought I must have still had a little bit of an infection, but when I started drinking too much, and always going to the toilet, she took me to the doctor.
The doctor said I probably still had an infection, so he gave my mom some medicine and said I will be fine. However, this went on for another 3 weeks. Nonna kept taking me back to the doctor, and saying something was definately wrong, but the doctor kept insisting it was just an infection and it would go away in its own time. Nonna eventually accepted what the doctor said, but still thought something was not quite right.
However, Pablo and Juan were getting very worried, so one day after school they took me to see a different doctor. Pablo explained what was wrong to the doctor. He got something out of the cupboard and asked me to hold out a finger. He pricked my finger and explained to them that he thought I had diabetes. I didn't know what diabetes was, so I asked Juan what it was. He said not to worry about it, as I probably didn't have it. Just as Juan had finished saying that, the doctor announced my blood sugar reading was 840, and that I had diabetes. The doctor called up the hospital, and Pablo and Juan drove me straight to the emergency room. I asked Pablo what was wrong with me, and as he explained, I started to cry. When I started to cry, it made Juan and Pablo cry they were very upset as well.
My Nonna met us at the emergency room. I stayed in the hospital for five days, where my Daddy, Pablo and Juan learnt all about diabetes. I also learned I wasn't going to die.
Living with Diabetes
I got an insulin pump last Month, which is was so exciting! Pablo let me choose a pretty blue pump, which is my favorite color. It means a lot less injections. I still have to do finger sticks, but Pablo saved up and brought me a wonderful tester that doesn't hurt!
Diabetes doesn't mean you are going to die, or have a bad life. It just means that your life will be a little different than someone who doesn't have it. I still have the same life that I had before I was diagnosed with diabetes. After all, finger sticks and injections only take a few minutes, and after that, I can run back outside and get back to what I am doing.
I think diabetes will only run your life if you let it. You can either chose to live with it, or let it dominate you. I chose to live with it.
Why do I have Diabetes?
I asked Pablo why I have diabetes. He said I have diabetes because I am very very special, and that's exactly how God wanted me to be. I like that answer very much. I think it's true. God doesn't give me anything more then I can deal with, and he will always help me through it. He has been there the entire time, and he has never stopped loving me, and he has never left my side. God is helping us here on Earth find the cure. God only choose the very best to have diabetes, and if He has chosen you, it is because you are very special.
Thank you very much for reading a bit about me. Pablo said he would love to hear from you and I would too! We would love to get email at pablo_and_luisa[@]yahoo.com.
Published June 9, 2002
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Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 10:16:50
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