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Hi! I'm Alyssa, I am 7 years old and I am diabetic. I just got it (May '98). I can tell if I am low or not because I either feel shaky or cold and clammy and I'm grumpy. I take insulin every day. I can do my OWN pokes! Plus my Mom bought me a diabetic teddy bear, so I can learn to do my own shots one day. I call my teddy Rosey.

I like to play with Lego, play in the park, and watch television (or sometimes people say telly). I like inviting friends to my house to play with me and have sleepovers. I like drawing. I am good at copying things at drawing. I like to watch Pappyland, which my Grandma tapes for me. I like playing on the computer.

Every summer I visit Canada and see my Grandmas and Grandpa and Nana and Bestafar and all my cousins and aunts and uncles. It is so much fun. We spend time at our cabin and I have two nice friends there named Jill and Cole. They don't know that I have diabetes yet. I am in Year 2 at school and in September, I start Year 3. I move to a new school and it is very scary for me, but I will have lots of friends there too. In September is when t-ball starts. My Uncle is a very good baseball player and I want to be just like him. My doctor, Dr, Jean, is very nice and she takes very good care of me and my brother (who is also diabetic). My brother, Chad, likes to do the same things as me. He has a teddy too, its name is Rufus. Ta ta for now.

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  Alyssa and Chad
This is me and my brother Chad

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