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Dylan playing hockey Hi,

My name is Dylan. I'm almost 13 years old and I've had Diabetes for almost four years. I live in Canada. I was diagnosed with Diabetes when I was 9 years old.

Some of my hobbies are hockey, listening to music, playing video games, hangin' with my friends, playing other sports and I like talking to girls on the phone.

How I got diabetes was I was at a hockey school and I would be very tired, thirsty, I'd have no energy to skate hard and I was going of the ice to the washroom lots. while I was on the ice my mom was talking to another lady and she mentioned that one of her sons going to the school had Diabetes. She told my mom the symptoms of Diabetes and my mom noticed that I was showing the Symptoms. So the next day my mom took me to get a blood test and when we got the results the doctors confirmed I had Diabetes.

In hockey this past year I played my first year of Peewee. My team was called the Kelowna Force. My team made it all the way to the British Colombia Provincials and we won it so we're the Provincial Champs of B.C. This year I entered a contest For hockey players that have Diabetes and it has been going on for three years and I entered it all three years and the first two years and I came in second and this past year I won First prize. Here is my award winning essay:

Hi my name is Dylan Ursulan. I am 12 years old. I play for a Kelowna Peewee "B" team. Diabetes and Hockey are both a big part of my life. One I love to play and the other requires my rich, 100% Canadian blood for testing daily.

Let me explain my love for hockey. Whenever I'm on the ice, skating, I feel the cool crisp air go through my lungs, I get relaxed. The exercise of hockey gives me energy and makes me feel healthy. Whenever I score a goal, make a pass to my teammate and get an assist or make a good solid check, taking the body, it gets me pumped. It's fun to make a rush up the ice and get a shot on the opposing teams net.

I play mini stick hockey in our living room, I play street hockey in our carport, I rock at hockey on Sony PlayStation. I collect Hockey cards, pogs and stickers and I watch it all the time on the T.V. I guess you could say I'm a hockey fanatic or I AM CANADIAN.

My love for hockey gives me great reason to manage my Diabetes with excellent control. Diabetes in turn makes me eat like an athlete, it gives me the advantage of eating healthy food. When I eat food, the insulin and exercise helps me control my blood sugar. It's not always easy taking care of the needs that go along with Diabetes, but it's definitely worth it for the love of the game.

If you want to talk about Hockey, Diabetes or anything else just e-mail me at

Published May 2, 1999

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