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Hi! My name is Danny and I am six years old. I found out about six weeks ago that I have Type 1 diabetes. It was the week of my sixth birthday and I was using the bathroom a lot, very thirsty all the time, and losing weight. My parents thought I was excited about my birthday but, deep down, my mom suspected it was probably diabetes. She took me to the hospital and the nurse tested my urine and then my blood. My blood sugar reading was 1093! The ER doctor confirmed my mom's worst fear - I had diabetes! I stayed in the hospital for a week so that my dad and mom could learn about diabetes, my new diet, and how to care for me. We had a terrific diabetes team - diabetes educator, dietician, endocrinologist, and nurses that taught us what we needed to know so that I could go home. My older brothers, Steve and Jon, even learned how to give shots (although I haven't let them give me one yet!)

When I went back to school after my hospital stay, my dad came to my kindergarten class and read a book to my classmates called "Taking Diabetes to School." It explained what diabetes was, why I needed to have my blood tested, why I needed to watch what I ate, and why I wore a special bracelet. My teacher has been wonderful - she keeps an eye on me for any signs that I am going low. I have a special "low box" at school with Lifesavers, a sugar soda pop and some glucose gel just in case I do have a low. And, my dad is a teacher at my school, too, so he is right there if I need him.

Right now my blood sugars have been very good - my endocrinologist thinks that I am going through the "honeymoon" stage. I am doing pretty well with my finger sticks and shots, but I sure don't like them! I have had some lows that have really scared my parents but we are all learning how to deal with them and prevent them. My mom made me a chart that we have put on our refrigerator. I chart my blood sugar readings to that I can see if I am "in range." I also help my parents prepare my shots and I check to see if they have drawn the right amount of insulin. I am also careful about what I eat - I miss my candy and cookies but my dad and mom let me have special "treats" every once in a while.

I am really looking forward to baseball and soccer - my doctor says that the more active I am, the better it is for me. This fall, my family is going to participate in a 10K walk to help raise money for diabetes research. We hope that, one day soon, a cure will be found!

My family is very thankful to the Lord for seeing us through this difficult time. My parents are very sad that I have diabetes and I know that they cry about it sometimes. But, my dad and mom truly believe that the Lord will not give to them anything that they cannot bear (I Corinthians 10:13). We are surrounded by a wonderful family and kind friends that are always willing to listen and help. We realize that we will have some rough times, like when I get sick, but my parents are dedicated to learning about how to help me live with diabetes.

If you want to write me, my e-mail address is vandermolen[@]


Danny, Jon, and Steve

Published March 18, 2003

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