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Hi my name is Kacie. I live in Texas and I am six and a half years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes in September 1998. The first symptom my mom noticed was that I began to have accidents in my bed at night, which wasn't like me since I had been potty trained since I was two. My mom and dad thought that I must be nervous about starting kindergarten. Then a about a week after starting school I began feeling really bad. All I wanted to do was sleep and drink water. I also had a really bad tummy ache.

My mom called my doctor and she thought that I had the same virus that my baby sister Kymber had just gotten over, so she told her to just let me get plenty of rest and fluids. That following Monday my mom tried to let me go to school but I felt way too bad so she took me to work with her and called my doctor again. She told her to bring me in so we went to the doctor's office and my mom told her about all of my symptoms and told her that they seemed to be symptoms of diabetes. My doctor told my mom not to worry and that she would send us to the lab for testing.

After we left the lab, we went back to my mom's work and about an hour later my doctor called my mom and told her to take me to the hospital and that she would call them and tell them we were coming. She told my mom that my sugar was 654 and that they would retest me at the emergency room. My mom cried the whole way there. The emergency room was really scary but I had a nice nurse who let me play with Barbies and books. After I was retested they admitted me into the hospital to get my sugars under control. I was in the hospital for three days.

My dad, who drives a truck, was in Chicago at the time and he drove all night and day to get to me. I felt so happy to see him. Before I got to go home, my mom and dad had to learn how to give me shots and do my finger test. I was happy to go home.

I am now in the first grade and my diabetes has been under good control. I take two shots a day and prick my finger four plus times a day. I have a really good school nurse and now this year there is another first grader named Kelsey who has diabetes too. We go to the nurse together everyday. I am glad to have someone else that I can race to do my finger test with.

Overall diabetes makes me feel special sometimes and other times I wish it would just go away. I've gotten to do a lot of fun things though like summer camp and the JDF walk with my family, and I just recently got to go to Washington for the ADA rally for a cure. I got to take my picture with Miss America Nicole Johnson and I met an Olympic gold medalist in swimming named Gary Hall; he was so cute. I made sure my mom took my picture with him.

If you want to email me you can at My interests are playing with my dog Hunter, soccer, Ricky Martin and going to my church group.

Published April 21, 2000

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