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Hello, my name is Alex. I am 16 years old and live in Seattle, Washington. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes right before 6th grade. My parents thought that the reason I was losing weight was that I had just gotten braces. At first, I didn't like all the needles and stuff, but I got used to it. Around 8th grade, I started using glargine and an insulin pen, which was easier than Humalog and NPH insulin by syringe. About a year ago, I got a Deltec Cozmo insulin pump and I like it a lot. It makes traveling a lot easier.

My favorite things to do are tap dancing (which I have been doing for about 10 years) and playing music, mostly jazz with my high school's jazz band. Tap dancing can be pretty strenuous, and it is one of the most efficient ways to lower my blood sugar. I also like traveling. I have been to Italy, France, England, New York City, and Pennsylvania. I have learned a lot about how to adjust my insulin dose when I travel. This summer, my school's jazz band is going on a European tour including Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki. It is going to be really fun.

To those of you who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, I have a few words of encouragement. First of all, you should know that despite all of the needles, you can still have lots of fun. Secondly, it's important to learn how to take care of yourself especially checking your blood sugar. Finally, once you learn how to control your blood sugar, you can do anything!

That's just about it. Hope to hear from some of you.

dugdaled AT

Alex wrote about diabetes for his Honors Project for 10th grade Language Arts class:

Published May 13, 2006

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