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Hi, my name is Amanda. I'm 14 years old and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in March 2006. Of course, from that day on my life changed. Now I am very careful of what I eat. I check my sugars regularly and I take two shots of insulin a day.

I am a very active and athletic girl who loves to play soccer. Fortunately, I have awesome friends and family who support me in everything I do. My friends don't treat me differently because of my diabetes. Instead, some of them eat snacks with me during school and come with me to the office so that I can check my sugar.

I now wear a MiniMed 522 insulin pump in purple. This small machine has changed my life in so many different ways and I couldn't have asked for anything better. My pump has given me back the freedom that was taken away from me when I was on shots. Now, going to places with my friends is no longer a huge deal and I am able to do so many more things. Most people mistake it for a beeper but once I explain it, they understand. =)

Recently, I was in the Walk for Diabetes and my team raised over $1,500. My family, friends, and I are all hoping for a cure to come soon. Until then, I'll be living my life to the fullest with diabetes.

Love,
Amanda

Amanda receives email at monkey007 AT bellsouth.net

Published June 3, 2006
Updated November 23, 2006

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