Hi, my name is Ashley, I am in the 3rd grade at St. Michael Parish school. I am 9 1/2 and I will be 10 on July 22. I was diagnosed in December of 1997, before Christmas. I was sick with a high fever and that's when I got diabetes. There is very little family history--just two of my great grandmother's aunts had diabetes.
I take my blood 4-5 times a day and I give myself insulin injections 3 times a day. I have always done it all by myself. I have a brother and a sister; both younger than me. I hate having diabetes because when I go to birthday parties I can't have some of the things the other children have. And I can't have candy like my brother and sister can.
Sometimes kids at school make fun of me because I have diabetes. They call me "diabetes girl." I am the only one with diabetes in my school. I don't know any other children with diabetes and I feel lonely sometimes because no other kids in my school have to go take their blood like I do. There is nobody to talk to that knows what I mean about my feelings of having it. I think I am going to go to the diabetes camp in August, Camp Needlepoint, in Wisconsin. I have never been to camp before.
My mom reminds me that there are things I get to do that other kid's don't, like having extra snacks at school. She is trying to get me to think of any other good points but I can't come up with any. My hobbies are rollerblading, ice-skating, playing basketball with my dad, swimming, reading, and singing in my church choir, and most of all spending time with my friends from my class -- Bridget, Michelle and Amanda. I also love animals. We have 2 cats, 2 dogs, a rabbit and a lot of birds.
I would love to know other children like me who have diabetes, so if you want to be my friend, please e-mail me at Keysands@aol.com.
Published March 7, 1999
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 11:16:10
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