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Hi there, My name is Hailee. I live in Washington. I am 14 years old and am a Freshman in High School. I have been a Type 1 diabetic since I was 4. I don't really remember any of my life without having diabetes -- it's been apart of me for so long now. I try to live everyday to its fullest. I really don't let it effect me that much.

I am on the varsity dance team and have been loving the experience. I am trying to work my way up to getting an insulin pump. At times I struggle but my parents and friends are helping me as much as they can. Through the years of having diabetes I have good time and bad. I have realized that this is not a game where you can start over if you lose. It is the real deal! No do-overs. I have to remember to check my blood sugars 5 times daily and I have to get shots about 3 or more times a day. I am also doing this new thing to try to get to my goal of getting an insulin pump, I am counting my carbohydrates. Let me tell you what, it is not the easiest thing to do. I want to be free and be able to go do normal teen things like eat so much yummy ice-cream that I get an ice-cream head ache. It is so hard when I make the wrong choice, to see my mom cry and tell me that I am basically killing myself.

It gets really tough. I think that all kids with diabetes should all have a place in heaven. In a way we are like God's angels, learning lessons and making sure to be on top of things with diabetes. I think kids with diabetes all seem to be a little nicer to other people. We know that life is valued so much and we can't take it for granted. I think all of us at times do take life for granted. I have learned so much more from getting diabetes. I think God picks special people to receive diabetes. That might seem silly -- why would God want kids to have such a serious illness like diabetes? But we see life in a different way then most people.

The bad part of diabetes is having to receive so many shots, the blood sugar tests, always having to go to the Doctor over and over -- it really gets old. Sometimes I feel depressed. I feel like I can't have the most fun life, but like maybe I am missing out on something. Other times I feel like life couldn't get better. I look to my heroes in life and I see that it will be okay. My Dad, Eric keeps things in simplest form. I care about him so much. He keeps me active and I usually go to him when I feel like I can't talk to my mom, another one of my heroes. She is like my best friend and we talk about mostly life and silly things that we can't even believe that we say -- it's crazy! I have a few more heroes like my brother Zach he has accomplished a lot in life. He has helped me through struggles and we are there for each other and are relationship has grown stronger since we were little kids and fighting all the time! My grandmother is another one of my heroes; well both of my grandmothers Grandma Sue and Grandma Peggy they share with me lessons that they learn. There are a lot I can learn from them. My Grandma Sue bought me a sewing machine and is giving me sewing lessons. I really have enjoyed it. I know that they will always be in my heart and I know that they will never leave me behind. I thank God for all of these people in my life. I also want to thank God as one of my major heroes, when I can't turn to anyone else I know that there is a God in the sky, always looking down on me. I go to Him for most of my direction when I need it the most.

I love sharing my story with you and I hope that you see the struggles that all diabetics have so when you think that life has given up on you just remember that everything gets better and look at the positives in having diabetes not just the negatives. We have a treatment. When you are feeling sorry for your self remember all the children that have incurable sicknesses, and their parents are planning there funerals. If you can not talk to your family or doctor or school counselor, don't forget about your friends. I like to talk to my best friend Kelly. She is a great person and usually helps me with most of my struggles. She gives me hugs on the grayest days.

Well thank you so much I am glad to share with you! Hey, If you need to talk to someone that knows contact me, I will understand as I am living with it everyday.

pamelacowinloans AT

Published January 19, 2006

Me at my formal dance

My friend Kelly (left) and me (right)

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