Hi! My name is Kara and I am 15 years old. I live in Southern California right near the beach. I love to dance, play tennis, surf, and snowboard. Dancing is my favorite thing to do. I have been doing it ever since I was 6 years old, and am currently on a competition team. I dance an average of 20 hours a week. I also love to listen to music, No Doubt, Nikka Costa, and Ashanti currently being my favorite artists/bands.
I was just recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on January 9th, 2003. I wasn't feeling very well, and I had just come home from a snowboarding trip in Canada with my friend. I found out I had lost 17 pounds in 10 days (at the start, only weighing 120 at 5'8'', this was a lot of weight for me), I was constantly thirsty and very sleepy all the time. I went to the doctor a few days later, and she did a blood glucose test to see what my level was. My sugars came out to be around 400. I then went to the hospital and then had to stay overnight. The next day I came out of the hospital and I went straight up to my dance competition and danced the whole weekend! I wasn't going to let having diabetes limit me in my love for dance!
It has been really hard these past couple of months trying to get used to everything… the insulin shots, glucose monitoring, and having to check what I am eating every time I sit down to have a meal. I often used to go low during and after dance, so that was a nuisance. Before, I was on the Humalog/NPH schedule with the NPH in the morning and at bedtime, and the Humalog in the morning and at dinner. I thought it was really hard to have to eat at certain times and could only have a certain amount of carbohydrates.
A few weeks ago, my doctors said I could go to a different insulin plan. I was to take the insulin Lantus at night before bed, and then have a shot of Humalog whenever I wanted to eat. I like this plan a lot because now I can have however many carbs I want, when I want to eat them so I don't have to eat when I'm not hungry. This plan is a lot like the pump in certain ways, except you have to give the injections yourself instead of the pump doing it for you.
Right now, since I am still in the honeymoon phase, I can't go on the pump yet. I don't know if I will want to, though. I love what I am doing right now, and it works really well for me.
I any of you would like to e-mail me and talk, my e-mail address is
Published March 16, 2003
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 11:17:02
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