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Hi! My name is Brittany and I'm 15 years old. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Hawaii. I have a great family, and no, I don't live in a tiki hut. Although I do have one in my backyard, we live in a wonderful two story house. Well, about 3 years ago, I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which of course changed my life.

I suppose it all started when I got a little cold. After that cold, I started getting all of the symptoms of juvenile diabetes, but nobody knew it yet. The constant urination, hunger, fatigue, and thirst drove me nuts! My doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with me, so they ran a ton of blood work on me. At the time I was 12, I weighed a mere 68 pounds. Finally we got a call that night from a doctor saying that I needed to be rushed down to the hospital as soon as possible. Mind you, at the time we got that call, because it was my dad's birthday, my family and I were pigging out on pizza and ice cream. When the nurse at the hospital tested my BG, it turned out it was 834! Of course I had no idea what that meant, it was just another number to me for all I knew.

After about 1 or 2 weeks in the hospital, I was sent home completely and utterly dumbfounded. For about 2 years after the initial diagnosis, I had to give myself 4-6 shots daily. Thankfully, last year, after many tests and preparation I got my pump! I now have a Minimed 512, and it's pretty sweet. It makes my life so much more free. Sometimes though, I feel like I want to go back to shots because my numbers were more controlled.

I think the worst part of diabetes is testing your blood sugar. It's such a pain (no pun intended). Although, writing down what you eat and whatnot is also very horrible. It sounds easy but it is just the opposite when you are trying to juggle so many different things. Another thing, of many, that bothers me about diabetes is how people are so unaware of it. One person actually thought my pump site was a birth control patch! I really want to get out there and help people understand diabetes a lot more.

A few things I like to do are tanning, hiking, swimming, volleyball, drawing, skateboarding (a newly acquired thing I'm not too good at), shopping, laughing, and just having fun! I don't know too many people my age with diabetes that live over here, so it would be cool to hear from a few of you! :) You can email me at fruityfro AT hotmail.com.

Published January 8, 2006

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