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My name is Charlie and I am three years old and live in Houston, Texas. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was ten months old. I felt kind of bad one day and went to bed early. When I got up I felt really, really bad and had trouble breathing. My mommy took me to Texas Children's Hospital where they gave me insulin and made me feel better.

When I turned one, I got my insulin pump. It is an Animas Ping and you can see it in the picture of me in the wedding. It sits in a black belt that is tied around my waist. My mommy and daddy and all four of my grandparents know how to work the pump to make it give me insulin. When I was two, I got my continuous glucose meter. His name is "Dex." Dex tells me what my blood glucose is and whether it is dropping or getting higher. It even tells me how fast it is dropping.

I live at home with my mommy and daddy and I have a new little brother. I like to go to the beach and play in the swimming pool. I go to school three days a week and my teachers make sure that I am getting the right amount of insulin.

Every year my family and a bunch of my friends walk with the JDRF to raise money for curing diabetes.

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Published August 3, 2011


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