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I'm Johanna and am almost 12. I was diagnosed about two months ago. I live in California, in the U.S.A. Before I was diagnosed and started treatment, my mom noticed me losing LOTS of weight, drinking A LOT, and going to the bathroom A LOT. Usually, I don't drink much water at all, but my mom saw this change in me. As for going to the bathroom, I was going about once every 45 minutes, which was a lot more than usual.

The day before we found out I had Type 1 diabetes, my family went to the snow and I had just about no energy. We thought it might just be the elevation, but the whole family knew something was going on. The next day, my mom took me to the doctor and we found out. My blood sugar was 419, which is not relatively high when you come to the doctor's office with diabetes. My condition was fine and I had no fever of any sort. That is why it was such a shock.

We went to the UCSF Children's Hospital in San Francisco and all the nurses, educators, dietitian, and doctors were nice to me. Now, I am at home, happy, taking insulin about four times a day and checking my blood sugar five to six times a day. I take Humalog and Lantus as my insulins, which I give in my abdomen. I can do all my insulin shots and blood tests on my own!

Health is an important thing in someone's life, so I don't snack on any treats without the proper amount of insulin to go with it. I'm very excited about getting a pump after my swim season ends in July! I love swimming, soccer and drawing and am very happy I can still do all these fun things! All my friends are nice to me and support me, which is good. I have never once cried about having diabetes because the sickness was given to me and I accept it.

You can e-mail me at garybirg AT

Published April 2, 2005

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