My name is Brooke Stover and I am going on my seventh year as a diabetic, and I am nearly seventeen years old. Through the years, I have experienced several "interesting" and "exciting" adventures, you might say, with diabetes.
In March of 1991, I was diagnosed with Insulin Dependent Diabetes, at the age of 10 years old. Since then, I have overcome many obstacles, as I grew into a teen. Now, it wasn't easy trying to grow up with this disease, but it wasn't impossible, either. I have enjoyed many of the same activities as all of the other children my age. I have played basketball, softball, and I play several musical instruments.
I am currently the Drum Major for my high school marching band. I am a junior in high school, and looking toward a career in music. For a couple of years, during mostly my sixth and seventh grade years, I struggled with my diabetes, going in and out of the hospital with ketoacidosis. In the ninth grade I had knee surgery, and that was the last time I was hospitalized for diabetes.
I am currently in the process of going on the insulin pump, and I am very excited. I have done a lot of research on the pump, and cannot wait to try it. My mother is also a diabetic, going on about 15 years herself. She recently was diagnosed with heart disease, after having an emergency triple coronary bypass. The disease is caused from poorly controlled diabetes, so let this be a lesson to everyone of you that read this, because if you don't take care of yourself, it will cause damage.
I plan to go on to college in just another year, and get my major in Music Education. Many people try and say that diabetes is a prison, but I will argue to my grave over this! I have lived a perfectly normal, just altered, lifestyle since I was diagnosed with diabetes, and you can too. Don't let it get you down, just thank your stars that there is treatment for this disease, and I believe a cure is just around the corner! Please, feel free to email me if you have any questions, comment, or suggestions! I'm all ears! Take care!
Brooke can be reached via e-mail at Brookyie@aol.com.
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 11:15:56
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