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Hello, my name is Becca and I am 14 and have type 1 diabetes. I got it when I was only 8. It really sucked cause I didn't have anyone to talk to or anything, but I have met a lot of people who have diabetes from camp and on the Internet. well here is some stuff about me, I am 14, I live in San Diego, California. I have two sisters, one older and one younger. I LOVE coffee and always have. Here's why: I was born in Seattle and I have grown up drinking it. I like to go to the movies, go to Starbucks, and bake with my friends. I also like to play the guitar and listen to music.

No one in my family has diabetes except an uncle who isn't a blood relative, and my grandpa who has type 2 and got it years after I did. I was eight when I was diagnosed. I hated the hospital. They only gave me ice to eat and I was stuck in a room with a three-year-old, so I only got to watch Barney. When I was first diagnosed, I didn't really talk to anyone about it who understood what I was going through. It was tough. But now I have friends with diabetes and I am meeting new people every day who have it and I am always open to meeting new people and answering questions or hear you complain on how it sucks or talk about the new things. Oh, by the way, I have an insulin pump. It is a MiniMed 508. I have had that for three years and I got it when I had diabetes for three years.

Every summer I go to a diabetic camp where I get to hang out with kids and counselors who are diabetic. If you haven't gone to one I highly recommend it cause it is so much fun. I used to go to a day camp but it was on a military training base and they would sometimes give us a tour and they would yell at us and I didn't like that so I haven't gone back. The camp that I go to over the summer is a week long in the mountains. It is a lot of fun.

Well, if you ever have any questions or just want to chat you can email me at beccadarling17 AT or talk to me on AIM my screen name is coffeequeen75. Thanks for reading my story and I hope to talk to you.


Published October 12, 2004
Updated November 26, 2004

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