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The Mathee Family - Kuilsrivier, Cape Town, South Africa

2 October 2003
Hi there! I am Chantelle, aged 13, diagnosed when I was 8, and I live in Kuilsrivier in Cape Town. When I saw the box with Rufus and all the diaries in, I was very excited. I wanted to read them and learn how everybody is coping with diabetes. My friend Leizl was with me. She was also very excited. After that we went to Tyger Valley Shopping Centre and we went mad! We almost fitted every single piece of clothing on. That was fun!! I bought myself some earrings for my dress, and at night we went to the movies with the guys. After that I injected myself and went to bed. What a day!!

3 October 2003
I woke up late this morning and was again excited. Because our prefects from our school are going to party with (the girls) dresses and (the boys) suits, my aunt made me a plub-coloured dress and we (my Mom, Rufus, me and Liezl) went to fetch it. After that we went shopping again. Liezl slept over and she packed in her dress and we had lots of fun putting it on. My sugar levels are alright nowadays, just a little high, but nothing that we can't fix.

4 October 2003
Shopping, shopping, shopping, shopping, shopping .... That's all that we are doing! Luckily Rufus came along. I think he had a good time driving with us. I hope so! I slept this afternoon and can't sleep tonight - HELP!

5 October 2003
This morning I was very tired and I woke up at 10:00. I had toast and milk for breakfast. It's Sunday and my Mother made nice food this afternoon. I was worried because my sugar levels went high. This afternoon after I ate I took a little nap. Rufus took one too. Tomorrow is school and I made everything ready and now I'm off to bed!

6 October 2003
Hello, today was school and it went well. It was vacation last week, so I was glad to see my friends again. In the afternoon I was in my room busy cleaning up. I was sort of high today but I survived!

7 October 2003
I woke up with my sugar at 9.0. Good start! At school everybody was excited because our Grade 7 camp is tomorrow. Unfortunately Rufus has to stay at home. The whole afternoon I packed all my stuff and had to make extra sure of my injections and stuff. After that I went to my funk classes and had lots of ... FUN! Rufus came along too!! What a day!!!

8 October 2003
I couldn't sleep, so I was high this morning. At school we got ready and went off to camp. We went to the beach and got some tasks to do and that was fun! I didn't sleep because my sugar was low and I couldn't sleep so I visited the other children.

9 October 2003
We had to wake up early. We also got tasks and learned about sea animals today. We caught a crab and we had to study it. I took some photo's of Table Mountain and the day went fast and at night I slept for once!

10 October 2003
This morning we picked up rubbish on the beach and it took us 4 hours. After that we went back to school, so we could have gone earlier home. Tonight is the party and I stressed when it was time to begin. So by the way ... it was the BEST PARTY EVER!!! I came home at 00:15!

11 October 2003
We got some people over for a braai and to come and watch rugby. After that me and my brother played cricket in the street with friends. I was sleeping this afternoon - I was so tired! And guess what? I slept the whole night too.

It was nice to have this opportunity to see how other diabetics cope with this disease.
Thank u very much!

"Do your best - God will do the rest!"

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