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My name is Bridget and I am six years old. I have type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed on November 7, 2005. I also have asthma.

Last year, I was having an asthma attack and had to take steroids along with several breathing treatments. It was a Sunday and I was REALLY thirsty. I drank a huge glass of water without stopping, put it down, and asked my mom to get me more to drink. I did that about 4 or 5 times. The next morning, my mom took me to my regular doctor. She asked if the steroids would have made me really thirsty. The doctor said no, so my mom asked if I could get a blood test. My mom had diabetes each time that she was pregnant and knew that extreme thirst was a sign for diabetes. The doctor told her not to worry, she didn't think I was diabetic.

She had the nurse prick my finger and check my blood and it was 399. She called the pediatric endocrinologist while we were in the room and made an appointment to see her the next morning. We met with her and she told me that she also had type 1 diabetes and knew how difficult it was to live with. She ran a whole bunch of tests and after a few days, she told me that I did have it. My mom was really sad. She said that she knew how hard it was to deal with and didn't want me to have this disease. I told her, "we'll do what we have to do."

I learned how to give myself shots and how to test my blood. I have to do it all the time! We are starting to look at getting the pump. So many people that we talk with say it is the best thing that they've ever done. I have a friend at school who just got the pump and she loves it.

We have a really hard time controlling my sugar. It's like a roller coaster - it goes really high then goes low.

We participated in the JDRF walk at Dodger's Stadium last week. It was great! Our team, Bridget's Brigade, raised over $2,600.

We will continue to raise money to help find a cure. I don't want to deal with this for the rest of my life.

Take care and be strong.


You can e-mail my mom at mkcastania AT

Published October 28, 2006


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