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My name is Amber. I am 13 years old. I live in New South Wales, Australia. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 17th December, 2003 when I was 10 years old. I was drinking lots of water and I was feeling sick all the time. I drank 1.5 litre water bottles in one school day. My teacher was very concerned and she told my mum. My mum took me to my doctor to see why I was so thirsty all the time and he sent me for a blood test. A week later the results came back. I was at school doing band practise, practising for the end of the year concert that we were to perform in that same day. When mum came into the school hall I just thought I had a dentist appointment but it turned out much more serious. She said I had diabetes. All my friends came and hugged me and then I went straight to hospital. The doctors and nurses at the hospital were so nice. I had a drip and was in hospital for a week.

The lowest I have ever been is 1.4mm/L. The highest I've ever been is when the meter said HI, which happens a lot. I have 3 needles a day and depending how good my levels are, I usually have at least 4-5 finger pricks a day. I take Novorapid and Lantus. Since my diagnosis, I've been in the Emergency Department a few times and have been admitted twice. My paediatrician said I am the most difficult case of diabetes he has ever seen. I can never seem to get my levels right.

Diabetes is a pain but you learn to live with it after awhile and it just becomes a part of your life.

If you would like a friend to talk to, you can email me on cat_domain AT hotmail.com.

Published September 20, 2006

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