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Hey, my name is Kassy and I was diagnosed with diabetes in the first grade. It was after Thanksgiving and I had been drinking a lot of fluids and been wetting the bed. My stomach felt really bad and no one knew what was wrong with me. Finally, my Mom got so scared that she took me to the emergency room. The doctor drew blood and told us to wait. While we were waiting, I fell asleep. Guess what happened? I wet the seat! It was embarrassing, so my Mom took me home to change. We told the front desk that we'd be back soon. We left and got a phone call as soon as we were about to leave. The doctor needed us at the hospital immediately. When we got back, they rushed me to a room and started poking me with all these needles. I had no idea what was going on! I saw my mother crying and was way too little and confused to understand. My dad rushed over from his work (he's in the navy and we were at the naval base, so he got there fast). Then HE started to cry! I was totally confused, and no one STILL hadn't told me what was going on! They finally broke the news to me. If I had been brought in a few days later, I would have gone into a coma. I was in shock!

Today, I have my bloodsugars under control and I'm getting a pump soon. It's hard to get used to at first, but then it's easy. Yeah, it is a hard and sometimes annoying thing to have, but you're still a normal kid. You just have more responsibility and you need to remember to check and take your meds. And there's a plus to it! (can you believe that)? If you have a fear of needles, you get over it fast! (my sister passes out when she SEES a needle!) It's hard sometimes, but my friends think it's cool! I laugh at them when I go to sleepovers and they're like "Wow! Doesn't that hurt?" It really doesn't, though!

You can e-mail me at TrUbblEmAkEr6890[@]

Published July 22, 2003

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