Back to Kids' Voices Janessa

Hi. My name is Janessa. I live in Minnesota. I am five years old now but I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was three (in 2000). My mom noticed that i was drinking too much and was very tired shortly after having the flu. She brought me to the doctor and they sent me to the hospital for three days. My older sister Cassie and my little brother Ben got to stay at Grandma and Grandpa's house while I stayed at the hospital. Before I left the hospital, I had fun playing in the playroom. I was feeling much better.

My mom and dad learned to take good care of me. After we got a meter where I could poke my arm instead of my finger, I learned to do my own blood tests. Last fall, I got a pump because none of the insulins we tried were keeping my blood sugars even. I like my pump. It's neat because it's blue and I can eat whenever I want to. My sugars are much better, too.

I have a pretty heart necklace that I wear when I go places so people know I have diabetes. I go to preschool and I take swimming lessons. This summer we will travel and camp a lot and then next fall I will go to Kindergarten. I like to play with my friends. We mostly play with my toy horses and kittens.

The picture of me is when I went to the Mall of America for the Walk for Diabetes earlier this year. We got to go to Camp Snoopy afterward.

I know that diabetes isn't fun and I hope that they figure out a cure soon.


Janessa and her family receive e-mail at janortberg [@]

Published May 15, 2002


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