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Living with Diabetes
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Andrew's Story

Hi! My name is Andrew and I live in Massachusetts. I'd like to tell you a little about myself. You see, I am a four year old preschooler who loves to play superheros and legos. I love to read books. I like to sing and play with my brother and sisters. I live with my mom and dad and our family is just like your family in many ways. I have Type 1 Diabetes. Yep. Me. I was diagnosed on March 4th of 2010 right before my 4th birthday.
I guess I had been sick for a little while. My mom had my baby sister in January and I was sick then. Mom says looking back it is easy to see that now. But at the time, I didn't know what was going on and neither did my family or my doctor. I was sick and couldn't get better. No matter what I took or how much medicine I was given, I didn't get better. Then I began to lose weight. Every one thought that maybe I had gotten taller. My mom was worried. My dad was worried. No matter how much I ate, I never gained any weight. Then I began to wet my bed, and this made me very sad. I am a big boy and I never wet the bed. And now, I was wetting the bed several times a night. And I was super thirsty all the time. My mom told my dad that these were the signs of diabetes and we should go see our doctor again. Even my school teacher was concerned. So we went to the doctor and they checked my urine. And it was full of glucose. The doctor told my mom to take me to Children's Hospital in Boston, MA right away. Mom called my dad and we left immediately. They took me into a room with my parents and gave me an IV of fluids. It hurt alot. I didn't understand what was happening to me. The doctors took some of my blood and then came in to talk to my mom and dad. The doctor was very serious and said to me and my parents that I had Type 1 Diabetes and would need to stay in the hospital to stablize my blood sugars. My parents began to cry and so did I. I didn't know what diabetes was. My parents took turns taking care of me and learning all of the things that we have to do now for me to live and normal and healthy life.
Now, I am doing really great! I no longer take shots of insulins each day. I used to take three different inulins in several shots each day to control my blood sugar, and I had to be very careful about what I ate. Now, I have an insulin pump. I use the Animas One Touch Ping and it is black. I named my insulin pump "The Batcrusher 3 Million" because I think that is a cool name for my pump. I still have to count carbohydrates and eat a lots of nourishing food, but I can snack and play ball outside and as long as I test my blood sugar often, I can do anything I want! I have alot of great friends who know I have diabetes and they don't make fun of me at all. They don't care that I have diabetes. They are really good friends. My mom and dad take great care of me and I have met alot of nice people since I went to the hospital. I am seen at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and I love my doctors and nurses there! They even have a playroom! My sisters can play there too! And the best part is all of the kids there have diabetes too, so no kid there is the only one!
So, that is a little bit about me! Nice to meet you!
Your friend with Type 1 Diabetes,


2011 Jr. Ambassador