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Hi, my name is Jordan, I am six years old, and in first grade in Maryland; my mom is writing this letter on my behalf. I was diagnosed with diabetes on February 26, 2000, when I was four years old. Three weeks before being diagnosed I became very tired, irritable, thirsty, and spent a lot of time using the bathroom.

My Dad became concerned about my behavior and began to research my symptoms on the Internet. He found that my symptoms were consistent with those related to juvenile diabetes. Mom took me to my family doctor who sent me straight to the hospital's emergency room. There, we learned that my blood sugar count was over 800 and that I had juvenile diabetes! I spent 5 days at the University of Maryland hospital in Baltimore, Maryland with my parents learning how to take care of my diabetes.

I was taking four shots a day until April 18, 2001. With my Mom and Dad's supervision, I learned to give my own shots and test my own blood. In April 2001, I started using an insulin pump. My parents and I spent the night in the hospital to learn how to use the pump. I can give myself my own boluses, however, Mom and Dad have to check it before delivering the insulin. My diabetes is in better control now that I've started pumping. I like not having to take shots and really like being able to eat when I want to. My Mom made me some neat pump "pouches" that holds my pump and that I wear around my waist. I really like my pump and find that it doesn't get in my way while sleeping or playing. I can usually tell when I am feeling low. When I think I am low, I tell my mom, dad, or my teacher. My parents and grandparents are very proud of me.

I love playing with my three year old sister Jessica, and playing outside. I also have lots of friends and wonderful neighbors who are learning about diabetes too.

Sometimes I'm sad because I have diabetes, but most of the time it's no big deal.

Jordan
Jordan and his parents, Theresa and Dan, accept emails at nohome [at] md.adelphia.net.

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Updated February 10, 2002



                 
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