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Hey. My name is Jessica and I am a student at Bemidji State University. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 12. I was on shots, then went on the pump, and now I am back on shots. I didn't like the pump too much but that was my personal preference.

I was recently hospitalized for ketoacidosis. In January after a friend died, I let everything go and I was at Regions Hospital in St. Paul Minnesota in Intensive Care for five days and four nights. I felt very afraid. I was so sick I threw up everything! I wasn't even able to keep down water. I didn't realize how serious it was until I was in the ambulance. I know what it is like to not want the responsibility of diabetes, but after almost losing my life I know how important it is to keep at it even in the hard times. Like my Nurse said to me, "You don't need to think of it as taking care of yourself everyday for the rest of your life, you need to think of it as talking care of yourself today, and string a TON of todays together." And I think about that all the time.

Feel free to email me anytime. I am willing to help anyone and talk to anyone who needs a friend.

Jessica
Jessica.Bacon AT st.BemidjiState.edu

Published November 13, 2005

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