Hi. My name is Mandy. I am 8. I live in Pennsylvania, and I am in the third grade. I have a sister Rose who is 6 and a new baby brother who is now one month old. I have two pet mice. One is brown and one is white. I want to get a kitten too. I like collecting Barbies and American Girl dolls. I have Samantha, Kirsten and I will get Josefina for my birthday in April.
I like swimming, reading, climbing trees, and watching TV. My favorite show is Little Men. Mom and Dad are trying to send me to camp this year. This will be my frst time.
I would like a pen pal. If you write to me, I will write back.
I was diagnosed with diabetes in August of 1997. I was losing weight and my hair was starting to fall out. My parents did not know what was wrong with me. The social worker who visited the school noticed I was losing weight and accused my parents of not feeding me. They tried to take me away. He did not believe them when they told him I was eating all the time. They took me to a doctor and he thought I was malnurished. When he was told there was diabetes in the family he dismissed it because it was with adults only. The second doctor found glucose with a simple urine test. After further testing I was admitted to the hospital. The doctor said my sugar was high enough that I was heading towards a coma. I feel much better now, but I don't like dealing wih my disease, and that it won't go away.
Mandy and her new baby brother
Published February 8, 1999
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