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Hi, My name is Melody and I am almost six years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was two. I was getting very sick and my mom and dad couldn't figure out what was happening. I was losing weight and seemed to be tired all the time. My parents took me to several doctors, but the doctors never guessed I had diabetes, they thought I had the flu. Finally we found a great doctor who knew what was wrong with me because she did the right blood work. I was taken to Children's Hospital where I stayed for four days until I got better, and my parents learned how to take care of me. My grandparents came to the hospital to learn too.

Now I'm in Kindergarten and I love school. I take gymnastics lessons but my favorite sport is swimming. I could swim all day, every day. Right now my parents are trying to find a house with a pool so I can train to be like Gary Hall Jr., an Olympic Swimmer with Type 1 Diabetes. My teachers say I'm very good at math, but I like playing with my friends at recess best.

Someday I'm going to grow up and become a doctor who cures diabetes. Once I've accomplished that, I was thinking about being a Fire Fighter or Astronaut.

My mother thinks its very important that knowledge about type 1 diabetes gets out to the public. She feels its important that people know there isn't anything I did to get this disease and its not contagious. It is something that I have to live with every day, and I hate getting shots. I'm not sure about getting the pump. It looks cool, but I don't know if I'll like it. I can check my own blood sugar, but have to have an adult give me shots right now. I hope someday I won't have diabetes anymore.

Melody and her family receive email at aloha_friends AT

Published January 15, 2005

Melody in the pool

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