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Hello, my name is Emma. I am 7 years old and live in Illinois. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Thanksgiving weekend, 2004. My mom thought I was sick and we were going to the doctor on Monday. On Sunday we were at my grandmother's house and we checked my blood level. I then went to the local hospital and rode in an ambulance to a hospital in Chicago.

I am the only student at my school with diabetes. On the first day back, my mom and I spoke to my teacher and school nurse about diabetes. I check my blood sugar and am starting to give my own insulin pen shots! I have told my friends I have to take these shots because I have diabetes and they have been really nice to me.

I just learned how to ski down the bunny hill and big chairlift. I love to dance, swim and be a cheerleader. I also love to draw and read at school. I have a younger brother and sister, two fish and a hermit crab.

I have to eat food that my mom and dad and I approve. Sometimes it stinks but mostly its ok. I am interested in getting an insulin pump when I get older. When I grow up I want to be a diabetes doctor. My e-mail is Emmaekirkham AT

Published January 22, 2005


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