Back to Kids' Voices Samantha

Hi, I'm Samantha I am 12 and I am a type 1 diabetic. Here's my story of when I was diagnosed.

My mom has type 2. It was New Years night, I was throwing up a lot and I was very thirsty and had a horrible stomachache. I was only 4 years old when diagnosed. My mom and dad took me to the hospital and they told me I had diabetes.

After that I had to get my finger pricked everyday, my mom had to do that because I didn't know how, at age 7, I started doing that on my own. At my school I usually had a nurse come in but I didn't really need one so we dropped her.

My levels used to get high but I got a pump. A pump is a machine that looks like a beeper; it pumps insulin through you're body all day so you're levels stay balanced. (Ask you're diabetic doctor about it. He or she should know.) When you have the pump you don't have to take any more needles. It's a whole lot better! Anyway, the pump is great and it's made my life easier, try it out and see if you like it or not. You can email me at samgcspfan[@] Thanks and bye!



Published June 17, 2004

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