Update October 2003
I am 11 years old now and in the 6th grade. I am cheerleading now as you can see in my picture, it is a lot of fun! I still live with my mom and step dad Jim. And my dad and Step Mom Penny have moved here now, so I can see them all the time. I still have my swing in the front yard, and I have 2 dogs, 2 cats and a bird. I have changed my insulin to Lantus once a day at 8pm and then I have the Pen junior that I take when I eat carbs. It's a little hard for me to measure my food at times but I do ok. But My mom still makes me eat healthy, which is ok. She does buy me the Dryers Sugar free Ice cream which is soooo yummy and a great night snack.
I have had the same friends in my class since the kindergarten so they know when I feel bad and can help me I am so grateful for them (Maria and Katie) I have to go to UC Davis Medical center every 3 months to have the specialist see how I am doing. It takes a long time. I really love to learn about dolphins, they are amazing and can do so much. I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up. My mom is very active with help finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes she helps organize the walks and has BBQ fundraisers. I hope they find one some day soon! Well thank you for reading my story.
Kelli ; )
Marissa receives e-mail at Fiestydebi[@]aol.com
Kelli in her cheerleader outfit
Update January 2000
Hi, I am Kelli Gibson again. Right now I am at my dad's house in Georgia. I have been here since before Christmas. My mom says I get to visit 2 times a year. This is my first visit. I got to ride on a plane and they gave me and my brother Grant some wings. I couldn't see out the window though cause it was dark. My dad says that maybe on the way home we can see better out the window.
For Christmas me and my brothers and sister got a trampoline. It is so much fun. We jump whenever it doesn't rain.I have a sister named Stacy and a brother named Scott and a brother named Grant. I have a swing in the front yard here too. In the picture you can see me and Grant and Scott jumping.
My mom and dad signed us all up for karate today. I can't wait to go back on Friday. We even got uniforms today. Everyone says I am lucky to have 2 moms and 2 dads. Some kids don't have any. We just got done painting my new room all these different colors and we put posters all over the walls. Its cool! I am having a lot of fun. I can't wait for summer when we come back again and can go swimming and slide on the slide.
Kelli, Scott, and Grant
My name is Kelli Gibson. I live in California. I am 7 years old, in the second grade, and I have had diabetes since I was four. My mom thought I had the flu because I sleeping a lot and very thirsty.
I am learning how to give myself shots in my leg. I don't like it. I don't mind the finger poker. I can't feel it anymore. Last summer I went to diabetes camp. I liked how we all had to do our finger poking and shots at the same time. I also liked my cabin leader. Her name was Jillian. My mom and brother were tested at camp.
My brother is 9 and his name is Grant. He helps me a lot and makes sure I eat the right stuff. My mom and I have fun making sugar free cookies, and my dad Jim has fun eating them.
I have 2 rabbits, 2 kittens, a bird, and a big dog. I like soccer and swinging on my swing my dad made in the tree in my front yard. I love cheese pizza and salads. I went to work with my mom one day and we read a lot of the Children with Diabetes stories. It was fun, the stories were good, and some are funny.
I pray every day with my family that we will soon find a cure for diabetes.
Published October 31, 1999
Updated January 30, 2000
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