Back to Kid' Voices Mackenzie

Hello! My name is Mackenzie and I'm 17 years old. I'm a junior and have 2 older sisters. I love to play golf and love photography.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January 2004 and was in 4th grade. Since I live in a very small town in Northwest Missouri, we had to drive 2 hours South to get to Children's Mercy in Kansas City. It took almost two hours to draw my blood since I was so dehydrated. They even had to call in the Life Flight team to come and do it. My blood sugar was around 350 when I was diagnosed and my symptoms were going to the bathroom a lot, drinking a lot of water, eating constantly ... more than usual, and being unusually tired. I had a hard time walking home from school, which was just 2 blocks away. All of my friends were so supportive when I was diagnosed.

A year after I was diagnosed, I got my Cozmo Pump. I love having a pump a lot more than shots. Since I do eat A LOT, its easier to take my insulin, and when my blood sugars high, its easier to give a correction. Two years ago, I switched to an Animas Ping and I love it!

Since the year I was diagnosed, I've gone to the ADA diabetes camp and mad life long friends. Every year, I do the JDRF walk. We've also done a family retreat in Kansas City, and a lot of other stuff with JDRF. We want a cure just as much as anyone else.

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Published April 5, 2008
Last updated December 15, 2010


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