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My name is Don and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on September 11, 2001 the same day as the attack on the Twin Towers. Nobody in my background had diabetes, except for some long lost half cousin who was twice removed and so on. It seemed unbelievable when the doctor told us the news, but I will start my story from the beginning.

It was September 10th was when I first felt sick. I also had a big test that day so my mom thought I was faking it to get out of doing the test. I did end up going to school, but my teacher got mad at me because I went to the washroom 10 times before 12:00. I finally phoned my mom to tell her how awful I felt and she came to pick me up. She took me to the doctor the next day because she wanted me back to school as soon as possible. The doctor just said that I either had a urine infection or diabetes. When I went to get my blood sugar taken I was so afraid of needles. So after I got my blood taken my mom bought me a chocolate bar. That just mad me feel even worse than before. We went home and at about 7 o'clock the doctor phoned saying that my sugar was soaring way way way above normal and that it was nearly at 1000!!! My mom quickly took me to the local hospital were they already had a bed waiting for me. By the time I got there my vision started going blurry and the nurse said my eyes were rolling up as if I was going to pass out! They tried putting an intravenous in but it kept on coming out, so they decided they would put it in my neck and man did that hurt. During a session of the next week, I was taught about carb counting and my shots and a lot more stuff. The food there was disgusting once they finally let me start eating again.

Just two weeks ago I got a MiniMed 512 insulin pump, and man has it mad my life easier. For all those people considering getting a pump, get one -- they are totally worth it.

Some people feel bad for me. Some people don't care. But most of all I know that God gave children diabetes for a reason. He knows that we are strong enough to handle it and we are ready to take on a challenge.

You can email me at morrison_rox[@]


Published July 20, 2004

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