Back to Kids' Voices Gabe Knight
My name is Gabe Knight and I am eleven. I got diabetes in 1993, I was eight then. At the time I was really skinny, you could see my ribs through my skin. I also was cold and thirsty all the time, I drank approximately a gallon of water a day. I was at my aunts house about a week before I was diagnosed, and I couldn't even go in her 70 degree pool because I was too cold.

We went to a new doctor and she did a lot of tests on me and that same day she diagnosed me with diabetes. I didn't even know what it was, I thought it could be cured within a month. My mom told me I had to take insulin shots. I asked her how many times I would have to take them and she said until there's a cure. Then I got really hysterical. My parents took me to the Hospital and bought me Taco Bell (the doctor said it was O.K.).

I think the worst part about being in the Hospital was the I.V. It took the doctor six times to get the I.V. in my arm, I was so dehydrated. I was in the Hospital for two weeks The Hospital food was terrible. It tasted like rubber.

I don't like having diabetes, but it really hasn't stopped me from doing any thing. I play soccer, baseball, and basketball. I always have to eat during the games. The shots are a pain, but the blood tester doesn't bother me that much.

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