My name is Mathew and I was diagnosed with diabetes type 1 when I was six years old. Today I am 11 years old. My family and I live in Texas but I was born in Washington state and lived eight years in New Mexico. Some of my hobbies and interests are swimming, skateboarding, skating, biking, jogging, playing violin in the orchestra, drawing/painting, playing video games and bugging my little sister … I mean, playing with my sister of course! I am also a Star Wars fanatic and have a huge collection in my bedroom of all Star Wars toys (some belonged to my dad when he was a kid).
I remember a few things after being told I had diabetes. I recall being scared at the hospital (but my parents made me feel safe) and having fun playing Nintendo. I have been on the pump for three years now and it has made my life easier.
In many occasions, diabetes has been a challenge to me (and I am sure for you as well) because of all the physical and emotional changes I have had to endure. Physically, sometimes is a challenge to prick myself five to eight times a day, keep a log up-to-date with everything I eat, all the daily readings, and adjustments. Diabetes is also a challenge for me in school because I only know of one girl with type one in my area (but she doesn't want to talk about it) and because this year in fifth grade I had been bullied at school by some kids. My advice to you is if something like that is happening to you at school or in any other place, please tell your parents and teachers so that it stops right away. I waited too long to tell them because I thought that by ignoring the kids it was going to go away but it only made it worse.
This year I had been accepted to be one of ten IronKidz to participate in the most amazing expedition sponsored by the Insulindependence Organization. We will be paired with type 1 diabetes triathletes and together we will make history! (If you are interest in finding more about this, check their website at www.insulindependence.org/IronKiDz.asp. I am also excited about attending Rainbow Camp, a five-day diabetes summer camp. I hope to make lots of friends there.
Some of my goals are to become a veterinarian and save animals, especially endangered species, to stop pollution and preserve our natural resources. I also want to become stay healthy, help find the cure to diabetes and live a diabetes free life.
Mathew and his family receive email at
Published June 1, 2008
Last Updated: Wednesday December 09, 2009 16:05:40
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