Hi, my name is Jackson and I'm going to tell you a few things about myself. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes six years ago on October 2, 2006. I was six at that time but am 13 now. I live in the amazing state of Alabama with my mom and my brother. I also live with my dad, step-mom, and step-sister. I play football for my middle school. I play on the offensive/defensive line. I'm in Gifted Literature which is a class for over-achievers. I am 5'8, 150 pounds and am a 8th grader.
Now, lets get to the important stuff, shall we? So, like I said, I was diagnosed at age six in 2006. I am 13 now. Before I was diagnosed I got really sick. I was using the restroom a lot and drinking so much water. I slept all the time, was sent home from school a lot. Turns out, I had diabetes in my system for a while. But one thing triggered it, and that was an asthma attack. After that asthma attack I started showing all the symptoms. My mom took me to my pediatrician to get me checked out. My mom suggested that my blood sugar was low because diabetes comes from both sides of our family. Instead, it was over 500. We rushed over to the hospital immediately. I was in there for 11 days. My highest sugar during that period was over 800.
I was let out and had to stay a week out of school. It was hard trying to get used to the finger pricks, the shots, and the counting carbs. I soon got the hang of it all. But, even after 5 years of it, I still have a lot of problems with it. Me and diabetes fight over control of my life, and to tell you the truth... diabetes win some of the time. But, I don't get discouraged. I got ahold of having diabetes, and I've learned to live with it.
One of the best things about having diabetes is you get to live another lifestyle other kids don't. If you want to talk to me about things, I'll listen. Contact me at .
Published December 24, 2012
Last Updated: Monday December 24, 2012 17:33:30
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