Hi, my name is Taylor and this is my new Golden Retriever, Luke. I'm eight years old, and have been diagnosed with diabetes since I was six. My story is very similar to other kids who have been diagnosed. I had been drinking a lot of water, using the restroom often and losing weight. My mom took me to the doctor because she thought I had a urinary tract infection. As soon as my doctor realized that I had sugar in my urine and heard all of my symptoms, he immediately knew that I had diabetes.
My mom says she will never forget his words to her as she was leaving his office to take me to the hospital. He said, "I hope I'm wrong but I don't think I am." He wasn't wrong. Within an of hour, our suspicions were confirmed. I had Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. I was immediately admitted to the hospital and luckily, we had caught it early. My sugar was 467.
I spent a week in the hospital with all of our wonderful friends and family visiting bringing me beautiful flowers and gifts. This part was fun! However, it wasn't fun when they had to hold me down to check my sugar and give me my injections. But that's all over with now, after a couple of weeks I was a pro at pricking my fingers and taking injections. And now, I'm on an insulin pump. I was able to get my pump after eleven months of learning and handling diabetes with injections. I absolutely love my pump. It has given me the freedom and flexibility to be a kid. And that's me, all kid. Well, my daddy calls me his little hero but I'm just an ordinary little girl dealing and living with diabetes.
I would like to encourage other children with diabetes to try an insulin pump; and do what I do, take care of your diabetes first. Then everything else will fall into place. In the end, we will be stronger for all we have endured and remember, we are God's special SWEEThearts. Well, that's what my mommy calls me.
P.S. I have the best parents and best puppy in the world!
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Published February 4, 2003
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 11:17:00
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