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Hi! My name is Alexa. I am 4 1/2 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes right before Halloween 1999. My family and I felt very sad and hopeless at first, but we have found that keeping a positive attitude helps us make it through the bad days. We also have a support group that does a lot of fun activities, like going fishing and swimming. I like to meet other kids who have diabetes. My dad also has diabetes, so that helped a lot when I had to learn to check my blood sugar and get shots.

I attend preschool and I love to dance! Last year I got to be an Eskimo in my dance recital. I have a little brother named Masen. He helps take really good care of me even though he's only three. We just visited Sea World in San Diego. I love Shamu and the dolphins! I especially like dining with Shamu and seeing the new baby whale that was just born in September.

I have been using the Disetronic H-Tron insulin pump for about a month. Already my A1c has improved by 0.5%! I love the pump! It makes me feel a lot better. Some doctors would say that I am too young to use the pump, but I say if you are considering the pump, that it is the best investment that you can make!

Every year my family and I like to participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. It makes us feel like we are doing something to make a difference. I am hopeful that there will be a cure soon!

You can e-mail me at Hope to chat with you soon!


Published November 24, 2001

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