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Hi my name is Cessarina. I am 15 years old and I am a twin. I have type 1 diabetes. I live in Italy with my older brother, sister-in-law and my nephew.

My brother and I love gymnastics and snow boarding. we are teaching our nephew how to board this winter and we coach him at gymnastics. I was 10 years old when I found out I had diabetes. My twin brother and I were at gymnastics after classes and were waiting for our mum and dad to pick us up. I had been really thirsty and tired all week. I lost a lot of weight too and in my leotard you could tell. When my dad got to the gym he noticed that I was really thin and called my mum who met us at the hospital.

The doctors took blood tests and they took my sugar count too. It was up to 592. After learning how to use my new pump and take my blood sugar I was sent home. Giovannii, my twin, was scared that he'd get it too. Well he was right. When we were 14, he started to lose weight and was getting into lots of trouble. Two months before our 15th birthday, our parents were killed in a car accident, so we were sent to live with my older brother AJ and Jamie and their son Toni.

The day we went back to school, Giovanni and I had gym. We changed out of our uniforms and into our gym clothes. We were playing soccer, Giovannii looked pale so I asked him if he was feeling ok and he passed out. Our gym instructor called the hospital and we met AJ there. AJ who was working a shift in the ER was scared when he saw his little brother on a stretcher. AJ ran tests on him and then asked me for my meter and took his blood. Giovannii had a sugar count of 590, 2 points under me. (We are always 2 away -- I'm 2 minutes older than he is.)

Giovannii took the news as an excuse to get himself out of all the troubled he'd been in the past few months. I have been living with diabetes for 5 going on 6 years and Giovanni has been living with it for almost a year now. We still do gymnastics and both just made the elite team at our gym.

Yeah it's hard to train and handle diabetes but it is what we love so we do our best to stay at a level sugar count and never take our pumps off. Having diabetes has brought me to meet more kids who have it too and it has brought me and my brother even closer because we share the pain. Although We get sad or mad some days and do things that usually get us in trouble, but when we are back in our rooms we see on the wall the saying our mum had for everything: Good or bad, God makes things happen for a reason,and you always find a way to get though it.

~Cessie and Gio
Email us we'd love to talk.

And don't worry it gets better. Don't quit what you love just because you have diabetes we didn't and we are now the youngest kids on the elite team at our gym.

Published September 7, 2009

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