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The day after Thanksgiving 1994, I got sick. I didn't seem to get any better for almost three months. My mom and dad kept taking me to the hospital, but the physician's assistant kept sending us home without checking me out all the way. She said I just had the flu. Mom missed a lot of work. I was trying to be a big girl and learn about going to the bathroom. I didn't seem to get it and I was getting mad at myself.

I turned 3 on Dec. 10th, 1994 and I didn't even feel like having a birthday party. Then, on January 17, 1995, I quit eating. I wanted nothing all day. My dad stayed home with me that day and, when he called my mom, she came and got us and took us to the emergency room. They knew right away what was wrong. They didn't even do vitals, just barked out orders for blood checks and to call Dr. Breck. I was in the hospital for three days. My nana had diabetes and felt she should have known. Mom stayed with me at night and my dad and sister were there almost all day with mom and me. When we went home, they used to have to chase me to get me to do the checks and shots. I screamed and fought. Now, I can do it myself.

I have two dogs, a cat and eight birds for animals. I love them. I have an older sister, Amber and a younger brother, Andy. I am in cheerleading for the flag football team and love it. My dad is in the Air Force and my mom works as a bookkeeper for a store. I would like to write anyone who wants to write me, and my parents would like to write with other parents. My mom is a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is trying to work as a volunteer with the ADA also, in this area. You can write us at or


Published December 23, 2001

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