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My name is Matthew. I just turned 6 years old and have had diabetes since February 2005. I was really scared at first with all the finger sticks, shots and blood work at the hospital. My parents were really scared too because they didn't know what me having diabetes meant. Would I be healthy? Would I be able to play sports? Would I be able to keep up with my friends? Would I continue to be the same active, smart boy who is so full of energy, mischief, ideas and dreams?

The doctors and nurses at the hospital told us that I am still healthy-I just don't have insulin and instead need to get it through shots; I can play sports-I just have to monitor my blood levels when I play; I can play with my friends and do everything they do-I just have to be more aware of what my body tells me; I can be myself and do and be whatever I want to be-I just need to be more careful than most people to keep my body strong and healthy.

So far diabetes hasn't changed my life much. I have to get my finger pricked a lot and I get shots 3 times a day but that is only a couple of minutes out of my day. It hasn't changed my personality or activity level at all! I have a friend in kindergarten with diabetes too so we go down to the nurse together to get our lunch time blood levels checked. It's good to have a friend that understands all about diabetes. I have a 4 year old brother, Marky, who also has a friend in his preschool class with diabetes so he isn't scared or shocked when he sees my finger sticks and shots. We even like to practice giving our diabetes teddy bear, Rufus, shots after I get my shot.

I like to do lots of different things. I love soccer, T-ball, basketball, wrestling with my dad and pretty much anything that is active! I also love Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, animals and drawing. When I grow up I want to be a zookeeper or anything else that lets me be with animals. I also have a new pug puppy named Remy. He is lots of fun.

Of course, I'm hoping for a cure for diabetes! My mommy is buying me a diabetes bracelet from CWD and asked me if I want the I BELIEVE or the INSULIN IS NOT A CURE one. I chose the INSULIN IS NOT A CURE because that is the truth!

If any one wants to email me my email address is mnmboys AT twcny.rr.com. My family and I like to hear diabetes success stories! I know I'm going to be one too!

Matthew

Published April 10, 2005

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