BY ASHLYNN WILKINS
I am a 9-year-old girl named Ashlynn. About three years ago, I was living a normal life when one day I began constantly drinking water and going to the bathroom a lot of the time. After school I was taking naps and I would sleep until dinner. It was an awful time.
One night my mom got me a huge water bottle filled to the top and I drank every bit of that water! Then my mom said, "I have to take her in to see the doctor." We went to see Dr. Hanks. He tested my blood and told us that I had to go to the hospital. I had to be poked for an IV and I was screaming and crying.
We were told that I had diabetes, a disease that I will have forever. My pancreas doesn't do its job anymore so my blood sugar gets too high and I get very sick if I don't take insulin to keep it down.
I learned how to test my blood and to give myself shots. I also learned that many people have diabetes and are working hard to find a cure. There are walks that we go to and my team name is ASHLYNN'S ARMED FORCES!!!! The diabetes walk raises money for finding a cure.
I sometimes feel sad because some people don't think I can do normal things. Diabetes is hard, but I'm just like normal kids. I would like to give a big thanks to my family and friends who have helped me. THANK YOU! Now I have a great life!
Ashlynn Wilkins, age 9
Please join our Army and walk with Ashlynn's Armed Forces on May 4th to help raise money to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. It is a great family event with food, raffle prizes, music and fun! Hope to see you there!
DATE: May 4th, 2013
WALK LOCATION: Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., Boise, Idaho
REGISTRATION START TIME: 9:30 AM
WALK START TIME: 10:30 AM
LENGTH OF WALK: 5K
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