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My name is Alison. I'm 6 and here's my "welcome to the diabetes club" story. Actually, my mom wrote this. I'm pretty good at spelling, but not this good!

It was February 2003. There was 8 inches of snow on the ground and we were expecting 8 more! I was 5 at the time and my mom, dad, sister Erin and I were stuck in the house because of this massive snowstorm. I was in my pj's all day. Mom noticed me running upstairs to get a drink, go to the bathroom or bug her for something to eat. Finally, my mom, who's been a Type 1 diabetic for 33 years, handed me her glucose monitor and told me to test myself. I had done this before because I actually thought it was cool. Who knew I'd be doing it for the rest of my life? When the results showed up my mom said "Oh look honey, it's waving at you!" The reading was off the meter and all it said was "Hi."

We went to the hospital the next day. I only stayed one night, because the doctor's were sure my parents knew how to deal with diabetes because of my mom. I was sad about leaving, though. While I was there, I didn't have to make my bed. I liked that! When I got home, I asked my Mom and Dad to bring me breakfast in bed -- on a tray-like in the hospital. That didn't go over too well!

I took two shots a day for a year and my control was really good. I'm able to tell when my sugar is low. I'm just starting to understand how I feel when it's on the high side. I test myself before meals and before bed. No one helps me; I just do it and tell Mom or Dad the reading. My parents have started teaching me about carb counting and wise choices when it come to food.

The only problem with the injections was that I couldn't eat whenever I wanted. I like sleeping late on weekends and that option was gone, as well. So, last month, I got an Insulin Pump: just like my Mom. It's so cool! I chose blue -- my favorite color. It makes this cool sound when the insulin goes into my body. I let my friends hear it -- they think it's awesome.

I'm going into the first grade in September 2004, but right now I'm having a blast at camp. I get upset sometimes that I have diabetes but it doesn't last long. It's not worth it. I've got too many fun things to do to let this get in my way. And if I take care of myself, it shouldn't ever get in my way.

I'd love to hear from other kids with diabetes. Please email my mom at

Alison doing the hula

Published July 4, 2004

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