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Hello my name is Justin! I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Memorial Day weekend 2001 at the age of 15 months.

I had been very weak and drinking lots of fluids for a couple of weeks. My Dad thought that I was acting out when I would throw my sippy cups because I was not getting enough fluids in my body (Dad is very sorry about that now). I became very weak over the Memorial Day weekend. I would just lie on the floor because I was too weak. My Mom and Dad love me so much and it hurt them to see me like this!

They tried repeatedly to tell the doctors about my conditions and what my Mom had suspected by reading her "Merck Manual." The doctors dismissed the "Diabetes" condition because children my age do not get "Diabetes." Finally my parents were given a test bag to collect my urine. We collected the specimen and traveled to the doctor's office on Tuesday, May 29, 2001. In ten minutes they told my Mom who when called my Dad at work the bad news.

I was rushed to the Children's Hospital and remained there for 4 days while they balanced out my system. My numbers were in the 600s. I am glad my Mommy caught the symptoms as quickly as she did!

My Mom and Dad are still learning in the 3 1/2 months since I have been diagnosed. I get 3 shots a day and my Mom even stays up every evening to give me a shot after midnight. Because I am so little I can not tell my parents how I feel so I have to be tested numerous times at home and at daycare. Margot the school nurse is my best friend!

I know things will be tough growing up, but with years ahead of me maybe a cure will be found very soon! I will be at my first Juvenile Diabetes walk on September 23 in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Justin and his family receive e-mail at


Published September 1, 2001

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