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My name is Emily. I'm 16 years old and a type 1 diabetic since February 21, 2002 -- so over three years.

The day I was diagnosed was all a little hazy, I just woke up to go to school, ended up throwing up and it only became worse the whole day. By night I was throwing up every 15 minutes no matter what, which is when I was taken to the hospital. There I waited for a really long time before they took me to see a doctor, but all I remember of that night was laying on a bed and going up an elevator before I woke up the next day in the hospital. This is when someone told me and explained to me about type 1 diabetes, but I was still really confused until later.

Later being when I had to give myself my first shot. It was horrible because I waited so long just looking at my leg; I've always been nervous with shots and needles. Still, I eventually did give myself my shot and it hurt because I was so tense.

Diabetes has no solution yet, but every year I do the Walk to Cure diabetes with my friends. It really makes me feel happy to know I'm helping my, or others' futures.

But besides having diabetes, I'm just an average person. I drive to school every morning and I'm in JV Tennis and Marching Band. And of course, my friends and family help to keep me grounded.

I love talking and meeting new people, especially diabetics and hearing their stories or just their lives. E-mail me whenever at LadybugEC AT aol.com

Thanks for reading my story.
-Emily

Published March 20, 2005

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