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My name is John and I am 9 years old and in the fourth grade and play football. I live in Arizona. I found out I had diabetes in August of 2009. My mom noticed that I was drinking a lot and peeing a lot, but since it was summer in Arizona she didn't worry too much about it. Then she noticed that the school clothes we just bought didn't fit any more and it had only been a week. I had lost 8 pounds. This went on for 2 weeks before she noticed my breath had a fruity smell and that's when she knew and she took me to the emergency room.

I was really sick and in ICU for 3 days and they almost had to put me on a breathing machine. Then I went to the regular floor for 3 more days. My blood sugar was 700 and my A1C was 13.8. My blood gases were really bad and the doctors said if I had gone to bed that night I would not have woke up. I didn't know what all of that meant, but it didn't take long to find out.

It meant thinking about everything you eat and what time you eat it and how much insulin you have to give yourself to eat it and taking shots up to 6 times a day. It meant getting up through the night to poke my finger to make sure I wasn't too high or too low and always carrying carbs in my pocket. It meant being different from everyone else in my class and leaving class to go to the nurses office every day before lunch and leaving the football field during games to check my blood sugar. It meant packing a backpack to go out of the house and hoping you didn't forget anything. It meant my mom didn't want to let me go to sleepovers or field trips.

I didn't like it at all. I still don't like it, but I'm getting better at it. I have the pump now and a continuous glucose monitor and now my A1C is 7.1. I feel like a robot with all this stuff on me. Before I got the pump I used the I-Port to give my shots through so I didn't have to stick myself every time. The kids in my class are getting used to my pump and monitor beeping and will ask me if I need to check. My mom had bracelets made for me that say "John's Hope For A Cure" and we gave them to all of our friends to wear so they remember what I go through every day. I've been diabetic for 5 months now and the rest of my life seems like a really long time to have to do this. I hope they find a cure.

You can email me at my mom's email address at and she will forward it to my email address. My mom says your mom can email her too.

Published February 5, 2010

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