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Hi, my name is Jamie and I am 6 years old. I go to kindergarten and live in the Kansas City area. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 13 months old. I was just a little baby then and I don't remember it. But my mom and dad do!

I was sick and my mom could just tell something was really wrong, but the doctors couldn't find anything. They weren't looking hard enough. My mom kept taking me back anyway and insisting that something could explain my strange ways of acting. I was thirsty a lot and seemed tired and had no energy. After my mom got treated like she was crazy a lot, the doctor finally ordered a blood test to be done. My blood sugar tests were well over 1000 and I was VERY sick at this point. I was throwing up, couldn't eat, and was very, very dehydrated. They air-flighted me to Children's Mercy Hospital. My mommy stayed with me every minute that I was in ICU and every minute thereafter. I got better pretty quickly, though, and we were all in the hospital for about 5 days total.

Diabetes was a shock to my family because no one had it before in my family. My parents didn't know anything about it. But they learned quickly and I am a healthy and happy kid! I don't let diabetes get me down or stop me from anything I want to do. I eat the same stuff other kids eat, but I just have to keep track more probably. Sometimes lately I get upset because I have diabetes and I wish that I didn't have it. My mom tells me that it's okay to be upset sometimes, but that I have everything in the world to be happy about too!

I don't think diabetes makes me "different" -- we are ALL different and we should be grateful for our blessings and be happy with who we are! I am happy being me. I am 6, I have a big brother who is 11 and a little sister who is 1. I also have a cocker spaniel named Jasmine who is 9 months old. I like ballet, playing barbies, playing with my cousins and my friends, going to my cheerleading class, dancing, singing, drawing, and watching "SpongeBob" and "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast".

I would love to meet other kids my age who have diabetes. Please e-mail me at hayley-monroe[@]

Jamie at one year, when she was diagnosed

Jamie in 2003

Published October 28, 2003

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