Hi. My name is Carylanne and I am 6 years old! (almost) I live in New York at Fort Drum. My daddy is a soldier in the army. We get to move around and in January 2003 we are moving to Louisiana.
I was diagnosed on June 7, 2002. I had been very thirsty, and feeling terrible. When my mom noticed I lost weight and was going to the bathroom alot she took me to the doctor on base. He did some tests and told us I had Juvenile Diabetes and had to go to the hospital right away. It was very scary for me to have to go into the hospital but my mom stayed with me the whole time. My parents had to learn to give me shots and take care of me. The nurses were very nice and they gave me lots of stickers! I even got a great friend named Rufus. A nice nurse gave her to me the very first night and Rufus "Queen of Diabetes" is now my special friend.
I have a younger sister, Christianne, who is just one year younger than me. We have a great time playing together every day. I love to dance and play with my barbie dolls. I also love animals, especially crocs and cobras and I love to watch Crocodile Hunter and Jeff Corwin. I want to be a zoologist when I grow up and I can't wait to go to Australia someday to the Australia Zoo. I really want to meet Steve "the Crocodile Hunter" and learn from him.
Having diabetes has been really hard. The shots hurt and I get very angry sometimes that this happened to me. I have to have 3 shots per day and 4-5 finger pricks. I sometimes feel alone as I don't know anyone else who has diabetes. I would love to get emails from other kids like me.
Carylanne and her family receive e-mail at dj_pj_30july92[@]juno.com.
Published July 26, 2002
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