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Hi, my name is Sarah-Kathryn. I was only 16 months old when my mommy and daddy found out I had diabetes. I had only been sick for 18 hours, throwing up and lethargic, when my mommy took me to see my doctor. The doctor immediately knew what was wrong with me after my mommy told her I had been drinking a lot of liquids and quickly filling up my diapers for a few days. My blood sugar was in the 460s, I was very dehydrated and was in severe ketoacidosis. My mommy and daddy were so thankful that the doctor quickly made the right diagnosis so proper treatment could begin and so I could get better.

It has now been 7 months since I was diagnosed. I am very good for my finger pricks and even for my shots. I like to tell my mommy in which side I want my shots. After I get a shot I touch the site and say, "Good girl, good girl!!" My mommy and daddy are getting frustrated because they feel that they have no control over my blood sugar. I can go from upper 100 to the upper 200s (without any food or drink) in only an hour or so. I have had a lot of ear infections lately so my numbers have been kind of crazy. I am having tubes put in my ears in the morning. We are hoping that the tubes will help stop the ear infections so my blood sugars can be a little more stable.

I would really like to have a more flexible schedule and be able to nap, play and eat when I want to. I sometimes make it difficult for my Mommy to get me to eat the right about of carbohydrates for each meal and snack. Mommy and Daddy are looking into putting me on the pump in hopes that we can be more flexible and also to help control my blood sugar a bit better.

Our hope for this disease is that a cure will be found in my lifetime. My family works closely with the JDRF in our area and walked in the Walk to Cure Diabetes in September, 2002. Our team raised almost $14,000 and we hope to raise more than that this year. If you or someone or someone you know has diabetes please get involved with the JDRF and help raise money to fund research to find a cure.

My mommy would really like to hear from some other parents who have a young child on the pump. My family can be emailed at shericantrell[@]


Published January 30, 2003

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