October 2007 Update
Hi! I'm Casey, from South Philadelphia. I wrote my story here before and just saw it again for the first time in years, so I decided to update =).
I was diagnosed two days before Christmas 2000, when I was 11. Now I'm almost 19 and a sophomore in college. I'm on Lantus and Humalog, but I just went off the pump after 5 years about 9 months ago. Here's my story:
Though diabetes was something that I thought would hold me back in life, I didnt let it. Through the insulin injections, the meal schedules, and the low and high blood sugars, I made the best of it and lived like any other normal kid would. I was on student council in grade eight and all throughout high school. I was in the school plays and just about any other club or organization I could get my hands on. I also attended a week-long diabetes camp for kids in the summer and fell in love with it. I went back until I was too old to, then decided to become a counselor. Helping out children whose shoes I was once in made me feel incredible. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to do that for the rest of my life. I wanted to help the children who were in the same position I once was, and more importantly, those who go through even harder times with medical problems and conditions. So I knew becoming a nurse would fulfill that goal and dream.
I go to and live at Widener University in PA. Being a nursing major isn't easy work at all, but it is what I desire to do. Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and helping out younger kids with it, opened my eyes to a whole new perspective of life. From going to C.H.O.P and seeing the nurses on the Endo floor all the time, I realized how much I belonged there and how much I loved the idea of helping people. I have my whole heart and soul dedicated to getting my degree in nursing school. Diabetes changed my life in so many ways, but most importantly it led me straight to my career choice and what is going to make me happy.
Casey receives email at
cdelaney AT mail.widener.edu
Hi. My name is Casey and I am 12 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes about two months ago. It was really awful when I found out about it because it was two days before Christmas. I had to stay at the hospital until the day after Christmas.
I was really excited about Christmas, before I knew about my diabetes. I always felt sad for no reason and my and dad were suspicious about it. I also lost a lot of weight; I was always thirsty; and I was never hungry. I used to get up during the night to go to the bathroom a lot, too. These are all the symptoms of diabetes, but nobody on either side of my family ever had it.
My mom and dad really didn't like that I was always sad and thirsty so they called my friend's mom who has diabetes (she has Type 1) and she suggested that I come to her house and check my blood glucose on her monitor. I went around to her house and checked my blood and the machine read "DANGER CALL DOCTOR." As soon as I saw that come up, I knew there was something wrong with me.
My mom called the doctor's and my parents too me to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The nurses there were great. I stayed there for three days (including Christmas). But, the good thing is I go to go home for four hours on Christmas morning, but then I had to go right back.
Now, I'm doing fine with the diabetes and I'm still in my honeymoon period. I think that diabetes is just something that you have to live with whether you like it or not. Sometimes you may hate it and sometimes you may think it's pretty easy. But, whatever you do, you'll get used to it just like me so don't worry.
Published March 17, 2001
Updated October 14, 2007
Last Updated: Sunday October 14, 2007 11:01:00
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