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Mikayla's words:

On August 9th, 2007, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was in the hospital for 16 days. At first I was scared about getting insulin and now it doesn't bother me anymore. My mom does the finger pokes and gives me insulin two times a day. One before breakfast and one before dinner. I have to be careful with the things I eat. I'm the only one in my school that has diabetes. I live in British Columbia, Canada. I like horse riding and feeding them sugar cubes and apples. I also like gymnastic, swimming, and Scottish Highland dancing. I would like to hear from other kids around the world, you can email me at my mom's email address.

Rose's words:

August 9th, 2007 was my worse nightmare. I still think I'm going to wake up and it was all just a bad dream. On August 8th, 2007, I arrived home from Scotland, Great Britain in the evening. I had the shock of my life when my daughter greeted me at the door, I couldn't believe what I saw. Is this really my daughter? She lost so much weight. Her eyes were huge and black and her bones were sticking out her body. I was devastated.

The next morning, my daughter drank a 2 litre bottle of water within minutes. She kept going to the washroom constantly. This was not normal to me, so I rushed her to the hospital. The nurse took my daughter in immediately and did a blood test. The result was that she had diabetes.

At first I thought there was a mistake, but it was not. I have learned to accept it as hard as it is. My heart goes out to all mothers who are experiencing diabetes with their own children. It is a struggle each day to ensure that your child remains healthy even with diabetes.

I would love to hear from all mothers of the world about their experience. My email address is rosej50 AT

Published September 22, 2007

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