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My name is Nicole. I am 14 years old, and I live in Wisconsin. I have four older sisters who are ages 16, 18, 20, and 30. I'm in the eighth grade but I will be starting high school in fall 2004.

I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was only one year old. I only had to stay in the hospital for three days since my parents already knew how to give shots because my older sister was diabetic. I used to have poor control over my diabetes, especially when I was in sixth grade: my fourteen day average on my glucose meter was 391 and my AIC number was over 12! Now I have MUCH better control because I exercise a lot and I really watch what I eat. My 14 day average is now down to 140.

My two problems that I'm trying to fix now are trying not to let my blood sugars get too low (this is certainly the opposite of two years ago), and I have celiac disease. (Celiac disease is when you can't eat foods with gluten, which is anything that contains wheat or barley). I was diagnosed with celiac disease when I was in fifth grade but since I wasn't having any symptoms (symptoms include stomach cramps and upset stomach), my doctor said that I could continue eating foods containing gluten. About a month ago I started to feel nauseated after I ate, and this was because the celiac disease symptoms were taking affect. Now I can't eat ANYTHING with gluten in it which includes doughnuts, pizza, Doritos, regular bread (I can only eat potato bread), and most cereals, and tons of other things I used to enjoy. Some stores sell special cereals, pastas, etc., that don't contain any gluten. I'm having trouble not eating things that don't contain gluten because all of my favorite foods have some type of gluten in them. This is hard but I know I have to follow my diet carefully, take my shots, and test my blood otherwise I could die.

When I was younger my friends would sometimes be jealous of me because I would get to have a snack when they wouldn't. They would always say that they wished that they had diabetes, and I would laugh because I knew that if they did they would hate it, just like I do. Now that my friends and I are older, they realize how serious diabetes can be and now they never wish that they had it.

I have gone into an insulin reaction when I was two and when I was nine. I don't remember when I was two, but when I was nine it scared me. My blood sugar went to 0. I had seizures and that woke my parents up so they came in my room and they gave me sugar gel in my mouth. The next morning I didn't remember any of it, but I had a HORRIBLE headache and stomach flu for the next three days straight!

One of my older sisters was diagnosed when she was 16, and I was twelve at the time. Out of the five kids in my family, three of us are diabetic! I really don't enjoy being diabetic, but I'm thankful that that is what I have because many children suffer from worse illnesses. To those of you who were recently diagnosed with diabetes my advise for you is this: hang in there! It may seem hard at first, but you'll get used to it fast enough and pretty soon it will fit right in with your normal life! Good luck!

As far as my hobbies, I LOVE tennis! I also like to swim, and go on my trampoline. I love to go to the movies with my friends and have sleepovers. I also play they violin. In the summer my favorite thing to do is go to camp! I also like to play with my cat (Lizzy) and my two dogs (Spud and Jessie). I love to talk to people on AOL/AIM instant messenger. My screen name is kmtennisball08 so feel free to talk to me as I would enjoy to hear from people who have diabetes or know someone with diabetes! I really could write a lot more on this web page but one of my many sisters wants to get on the computer now! Please email me at kmcheergirl4u[@]

Published May 10, 2004

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