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2015 Update

Colton is now 17, home schooled, and holds down a full time job. He spends any free time playing Xbox and riding a mini motor bike that he built himself.

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Hello! My name is Colton and I am 12 years old. I would like to tell you my story.

In the summer of 2000, I had not been feeling very good for quite some time. My mommy didn't know what was wrong with me. I didn't know what was wrong, and didn't know how to tell her or my daddy how I was feeling. I was asking for something to drink constantly as well as wetting my diaper so much that it was constantly leaking. My mommy was changing me every 10 or 15 minutes sometimes.

My mommy took me to the doctor on June 2 because of they way I was acting and drinking so much. My pediatrician told her that I was drinking so much because I had a sore throat, and that whatever I was drinking felt good to my throat. But, that is all that she did. No tests or anything. She put me on an antibiotic and that was it.

My mommy has a friend who is a nurse. She told my mommy that she didn't want to scare her, but that she should take me back to the doctor and have them test my pee pee because all of the symptoms that I had pointed towards diabetes.

So, my mommy took me back to the doctor on June 9, and we were there for over 2 hours. They did test my pee pee and the doctor told my mommy that there was sugar in it. Then she said that she had a specialist that she wanted us to see. It was serious enough that the specialist wanted to see us that next day on a Saturday when the offices are usually closed.

On June 10, 2000, we found out that I have a serious condition called Juvenile Diabetes. My blood sugar levels had been averaging at about 372 for three months. We were very lucky to have found out about my condition when we did, or by Monday, June 12, I could have been in the hospital in a coma, or worse. At the time we found out, I was only 2, and its rarely diagnosed at this early age, and if it is diagnosed this early, most kids my age do have to go to the hospital and stay there for several days.

We have to have insulin to help "internal" and "external" sugars to pass into the body's cells where the sugars are burned for energy. We all constantly need energy. When people have type 1 diabetes (juvenile), the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin. When this happens, blood sugar can't pass into the body's cells to be burned, and instead the blood sugar levels rise to high levels.

This is why I was feeling so bad. I was cranky and irritable. All I did was drink and drink and drink. My mommy had never seen me drink so much. I was soaking my diapers at night when I was asleep and didn't even know it.

I got my first insulin shot the day that we found out. My mommy and daddy have to check my blood sugar at least 8 times a day. I also have to get up to 4 shots a day.

I have to make sure that I eat at about the same time every day, and get my shots about the same time every day too. If I am outside playing, I have to make sure I have a snack to eat in case my blood sugar goes too low. When I get too low, I feel shaky, cranky, and really hungry. Sometimes, if my blood sugar is too high, I get cranky too.

I have a lot of supplies that I have to have to control and maintain my diabetes. My mommy doesn't work, because she stays at home and takes care of me. I am so glad that she does.

July 2005 Update

Colton recently turned eight. He is now on an insulin pump and loves it. He says he never wants to do shots again! He has a new little sister, Tobi, and he is hoping she never has to go through the diabetes stuff he has to deal with.

February 2010 Update

Colton is now 12 years old and is homeschooled and in the 6th grade.

June 2011 Update

Colton is now 13 1/2. He is pictured with his dog Rowdy.

Colton and his family receive e-mail at .

Published August 30, 2000
Last updated January 23, 2015

Colton, now 17

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