Hello, my name is Michelle from Washington State. I'm 14 1/2 -- almost 15 and I was diagnosed in June of 2001 -- close to the end of school, looking forward to summer vacation. I noticed that at school I had to go to the bathroom all of the time! And very thirsty. And very tired. One day after school, my mom noticed that when I talked, my mouth seemed dry. And my eyes were red. My dad works in a lab, so they tested my blood. Sugar was 650. I went to the emergency that night, and was diagnosed with diabetes type 1. I stayed there for just two days, and now I am living with constant sugar checks, and insulin injections twice per day.
At first, I was overwhelmed! Now? just one year later, I am doing just fine. As long as I take care of myself with checking my sugar levels, and keep consistent with my injections? I'm great! I have a great support with my mom, dad, and little brother. I wasn't sure about how all of my friends would feel about me after I was diagnosed. Well, they treat me just the same as before. No different.
I have a really cool youth group at my church, and I was just chosen to be a youth group leader there. We are going to the Gorge for a week of concerts of Christian music with tons of other youth groups from all over the world. I'm really excited about going, and know that if I take care of my condition the right way, I will be good to go. It's just a condition to stay on top of, just like asthma, etc. You need to keep on top of it every day. It's normal to have your ups and downs with having diabetes, but having others like all of you out there to reach out to and talk to about all of this together makes those ups and downs a lot smoother, don't you think? You're NOT alone!
With todays medical advantages for our condition I think that we are very fortunate! Just think what will they have for us in five, or ten years from now? Can you imagine? :)
You can email me at CuteLilKitty21[@]aol.com.
Published July 13, 2002
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 10:16:51
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