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Hi, my name is Jessica, I'm 13 years old, and I live in Florida. I've lived with type 1 diabetes for about 3 years now. I was diagnosed back in 2010 when I had just turned 11 years old. I can remember getting really drowsy and goofy. I was also going to the bathroom a lot, and I was very thirsty all the time. Luckily, my parents noticed these symptoms and took me to the doctors right away! They did a ketone test, and sure enough, I was told to go to the Emergency Room immediately. I was admitted to All Children's Hospital, and they took very good care of me there. My blood sugar was a 600, so the nurses quickly hooked me up to an I.V for fluids to get my blood sugar to go down. I was finally released to go home after 2 nights and one day of being in the hospital. My friends were really happy to see me back at school and feeling healthy again, my 5th grade class was very supportive! I was on Humalog and Lantus Solostar insulin shots for about a year and half, and now I've been on the Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump for 2 years. Having diabetes wasn't too bad at first. I had complete control over it and tried to not let it get me down.

But now, I find it hard to manage my diabetes. I'm a 13 year old girl in 8th grade, I have a lot of other important things in my life I have to worry about other than diabetes. I have soccer practices to go to, homework to be done, family events to go to, there just doesn't seem to be enough room to really stop and take care of my diabetes. I have also been recently diagnosed with a General Anxiety Disorder due to my stress toward my diabetes, so that's been quite hard too. I get scared of my blood sugar going low, so often times I don't carb count/do as much insulin as I should when I'm eating meals. This makes my blood sugar go very high. And it makes myself and my parents upset. The highest blood sugar I've ever had was a 564, and the lowest has been a 38. I also hide my diabetes often times, I find it embarrassing having an insulin pump sticking out of my back pocket. My family and close friends know, but other than that, I don't want anybody knowing. I really just want a way to grab my diabetes and take control of it as soon as possible. I'm really afraid of paying the health consequences later in life to to me not taking care of my health now.

I really could use a pen pal who has a story similar to mine! I want to know more techniques and secrets to keeping my diabetes under control. I really would like to talk to someone who shares the same feelings I have. You can email me anytime at :)) Thank you!

Published November 6, 2012

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