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Living with Diabetes
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Avery G.

Avery G.
2012 Ambassador
New Jersey

Avery's Story...

My family’s fight against Diabetes began over 20 years ago when my Daddy was diagnosed at age 13, and then my uncle (his twin brother) just a few years later.  From the time I was born, we were walking and raising money as a family in search of a cure.    I remember watching my Daddy test his blood and closing my eyes because I didn’t want it to hurt him…little did I know that when I was 3 years old, I would feel that pain myself.    I was diagnosed on September 11, 2008 at age 3, and remember my stay in the hospital very clearly.  I have prayed every day for a cure.

I talk about finding a cure all of the time.   When I sat on Santa’s lap at the mall last Christmas and he asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I said “a cure”. When my Mommy and I see a shooting star and she asks me what I wished for, I say “a cure”.  When my brother and sister and I throw money into a fountain, I wish for a cure every single time.    I am beginning to think that maybe wishes don’t work for me. 

I am five years old, and already, I have become an advocate for Diabetes Awareness in many ways.   My family has one of the largest walk teams in New Jersey, and continues to grow.  I talk about my Diabetes to Girl Scout troops, schools, and sports clubs, and try to teach as many people as I can about the signs and symptoms of Diabetes.  I hope that I can help people to understand that although I prick my fingers 14 times a day to test my blood, I still love to polish my fingernails like them.  I try to teach them that although I have to stop between innings during softball, and eat glucose tablets at soccer games so that I do not fall down or get sick, I still feel the same excitement when I hit a home run as they do.  I want them to know that although I have to have an insulin pump connected to my body all day, every day, to stay alive, that I still like to play dress up and pretend that I am a princess- just like the other little girls I know.

I answer grownups politely and educate them when they ask if my insulin pump is a camera, which happens more often than you can imagine.  I watch grown-ups wince when my mom checks my blood in public, and I don’t even cry anymore when she does it.   I do have to get my site changed every few days and although I still wrestle and cry every single time we do it, I am trying to be braver. 

I want a cure so that my Mommy can have a full night’s sleep which she hasn’t had in almost two years from getting up every 3 hours every night to check my blood while I sleep.  I want a cure so that I can go to school and not have to be scared that my blood sugar will drop and I can just be a normal kid.   I want a cure so that my Daddy and I can play on the beach together one day and not worry about having to set an alarm to check our blood and reconnect our insulin pumps.   I want a cure so that all of the kids I have met who also have Diabetes from all over the country and all over the world can live long and healthy lives.  I want a cure for me; I want a future without Diabetes.


Avery Green (age, 5)