June 1, 2004, when I was 3.5 years old, I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. My Dad knew something was wrong with me because I was sooooo thirsty all the time and starting going to the bathroom more frequently. I even started wetting my bed, yuck! My Teacher at school commented to my parents that something had to be wrong since they would take me to the bathroom so much and I drank so much water. So my Mom and Dad took me to the Doctor and he sent me for blood tests. My Mommy said I was so brave when they put that needle in my arm, I didn't even cry.
On June 1, 2004, my Mommy got the call from the Doctor telling her that I was sick with diabetes and she had to take me to the hospital. We stayed there for a couple of days and they taught us all lots of stuff. My big brother, Nicholas, he was 11 then, welcomed me home with a big hug.
Ever since that trip to the hospital, I had to eat at specific times, whether I was hungry or not. I have to check my blood every 2 hours. I even know when I'm low so I can tell someone to check my blood and give me a snack fast! I really have been so brave, and don't mind all the inconveniences so much. I really wish I could be normal again and not have to do this anymore. I ask my Mom often if this will go away when I get older, and she always says with a smile and a little tear, "I hope so baby!"
Now I'm four years old and I go to a great preschool where they have two nurses and a dietitian that take very good care of me!
From Mommy and Daddy
Antonio is a very active, and incredibly smart child. He checks his own blood and is learning how to read the results. He wants to do his own shots, but we're so afraid to let the responsibilty go. We are very sad and heartbroken that he has to live the most carefree years of his life like this. We are putting all our extra time to work for JDRF and raise awareness and money for a cure!
We love you Antonio!Antonio and his family receive email at
itlnbrt551 AT sbcglobal.net
Published April 2, 2005
Antonio's Hope Walk Team
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