Hi my name is Lindsey. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two weeks before my 6th birthday. I am 8 now. My mom also has type 1 diabetes so she actually checked my blood sugar and knew I had it before the doctors did. I was very thirsty, eating a lot of food, and going to the bathroom often. My mom said she had a feeling and when she checked my blood sugar I could tell by her face that she was very, very sad.
Diabetes doesn't bother me. I wear a pump and a continuous glucose monitor so I always know if I am going low or high, or if I am holding steady. This allows me to have a lot less finger sticks than I used to have which I think is great. I love my pump because I can eat when I want and what I want and I feel like every other normal kid. My mom and I try to make the best of diabetes. If we catch a low before it happens we get chocolate which I love. I get a little gift every time I change my Dexcom (continuous glucose monitor) and I love that. My mom comes to talk to my teachers and my grade every year and gives everyone a quiz and candy at the end. My friends at school love when my mom comes to speak and the entire class raises their hands to answer questions. My friends and classmates take really good care of me at school. I always have a friend take me to the nurse if I need to go although lately I have been much better at doing things myself in the classroom.
Diabetes can be irritating at times but my mom says "everyone has something." My "something" is my diabetes and I am lucky to have insulin and all the wonderful technology that helps keep me healthy. I enjoy drama, dance, basketball, martial arts, and swimming. There is nothing I can't do just because I have diabetes. If you would like to write to me you can email my mom at and she will help me get in touch with you!
Remember to always stay positive!!!!
Published November 20, 2012
Last Updated: Tuesday November 20, 2012 14:14:45
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