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Hi, my name is Samantha and I am 2 years old. In June 1997 at the age of 16 months I became very ill. Everyone thought I had some kind of stomach flu and mom kept giving me lots of liquids as recommended by the doctor. I continued to worsen as days went by and finally after approx. 10 days and several trips and calls to the doctor my condition worsened quickly and my parents took me to the Royal Victoria Hospital Emergency.

There the doctors first thought I was just dehydrating and immediately started an I.V. on me. After further testing they diagnosed ne as having diabetes and at that time a blood sugar level of 39 mmol/l [702 mg/dl].

Upon hearing the news my parents were really upset, especially mommy who cried a lot! The shock of their little princess having a life long disease was a bit overwhelming. However, by the time I was able to leave the hospital (one week later) mom and dad were on their way to learning about and feeling somewhat comfortable with my condition. Although we all wish we could somehow make it magically disappear.

Now it's nine months later and we are all doing okay. Mom and dad say I'm a real cutie and smart too. I talk very clearly and act just like any other toddler: willing to share sometimes, throwing tantrums often and always fun to cuddle. However, unlike most others I have to follow a routine. I have to have my sugar checked 4 times/day and I also receive 2 needles/day. Getting me to eat properly and on time is usually mot too difficult, but sometimes it does have its challenging moments.

If you would like more information or would like to contact my parents we can be reached at psutherland@sympatico.ca.



                 
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