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Hi! My name is Graham. I am five years old and was diagnosed with diabetes on August 7, 1997. At first, I started going to the bathroom more often and even during my sleep, which I had seldom done before. I was always thirsty and was losing weight. My parents and grandmother noticed these changes and took me to the doctor. They found excessive sugar in my urine and did a blood test that showed a reading of 535. My parents took me that afternoon to another doctor that specializes in juvenile diabetes. She confirmed the diagnosis and I began getting shots that night and, of course, everyday since.

It is not fun but I realized that my body does not produce insulin any longer and I must have insulin shots to be healthy and grow normally. My sister Colleen is three years old and she watches me test my blood sugar levels. She wants to give me my shots but my parents tell her that she is a little young to give shots.

I play soccer and enjoy music and drawing. I have a black dog named Midnight. I am going to a Halloween family week at Camp Seale Harris in a few weeks. My family and I walked in the "Walk for the Cure" walk in Birmingham. I met a lot of kids like me and had a fun time. I look forward to meeting friends with diabetes.

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