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Hi. My name is Justin, and I was just recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on July 18, 2005. My mommy and daddy had been noticing that I was wetting a lot in my pull-ups and I was always thirsty! My mommy and daddy thought that I should go to the doctor to get tests done to see what was wrong with me.

The nurse had me go pee pee in a cup, and when the nurse came back, the nurse said that there was sugar in my pee. The doctor wanted me to go to get a blood test to find out what was wrong. We waited at the doctors for a long time, and when the doctor came back in the room, the doctor told my mommy and daddy that I had Type 1 Diabetes, and that my blood sugar was 565.

My mommy and daddy were very sad and were crying, and I didn't know why. I had to be taken to Doernbecker's Children's Hospital in Portland, and the doctors and nurses there were really nice. I didn't have to have an IV because I wasn't that sick, but I did get my finger pricked a lot, and I started getting insulin shots when I got to the hospital. I cried a lot at first, but I started to get brave. I liked it when the nurse checked my blood pressure because I thought the dinosaurs were giving me a big hug on my arm!

My mommy and daddy spent 4 days in the hospital learning everything there is to know about how to take care of my diabetes. They even practiced giving shots to each other! I had fun in the hospital and got to do lots of fun things, like make masks, play bingo, and play with toys. There were also lots of nice volunteers at the hospital that played with me too!

After I left the hospital to come home, I had to get used to getting my finger pricked 5 or more times a day, and I had to get used to getting 2 insulin shots a day (one before breakfast, one before dinner). I also had to get used to eating ALL of my food that my mommy and daddy gave me. I wasn't used to that and I didn't like it very much!!! They told me that eating all of my food would make me big and strong! They said that food had "POWER!"

My mommy makes me feel better before she checks my blood sugar because she says that she wants to see my "little ladybug." That makes me feel better. My mommy and daddy take extra special care of me and they make sure that I am getting everything I need to be a strong, healthy boy. Even though I have Type 1 Diabetes, I am still the same special boy that I was before I was diagnosed with diabetes. I can still run, jump, play, and have lots of fun! Now, I just have an extra, special responsibility that I will have to take care of as I grow up. If you have diabetes, stay brave and strong! Someday, there will be a cure for us!

Justin's parents receive email at jaynjonewman AT

Published September 23, 2005

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