I'm participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes!
Hi It's Hannah,
I would like to tell you a little about my life with diabetes, and my diagnosis story. Which most of you already know, but for those of you who don't here it is.
I was in fourth grade, and had just moved and had started going to a new school. I wasn't really at school for the first month though. Nobody knew who I was except for the fact that I was there on the first day of school and that my name was Hannah. The day before I was diagnosed we had gone to the Allina Clinic. The nurses and doctors thought that we had caught the swine flu early. That night I went to my Grandmas and was SUPER thirsty, and was going to the bathroom a lot. Two of the many symptonms I had. I got sick and threw up that evening. On the next morning I got up around three saying that I was "going to die" because I was so sick. By the time we had gone to the doctor at about seven that morning (before it was supposed to be open) I was throwing up a lot and apperently I was gray in color too. The doctors took me in to the x-ray room and took pictures of my stomach. After that I am not sure what happend other than that when I was in the ambulance the paramedic had not put the top seat belt on on the stretcher. The rest of the day I slept wasn't aloud to eat or drink. Although we didn't follow the drinking rules very well. Whoops. I slept basically the rest of the next day and went to some of the classes, but they were super boring. It was fun playing with the fake skin they had though. I wasn't eating much still and I had the IV's and tubing stuck in me. I was still pretty sick. The nurses were really annoying when they came into my room every ten minutes but it was worth it in the end. I am still alive. The next day we were aloud to leave, but I didn't have much stamina or energy. By the end of the whole thing I had lost over 20 lbs. and almost 30 lbs. In one or two months. I didn't go back to school for about a week, but my sister Frances did, but she was scared for me. I wish the rumors at school wouldn't have told her I was going to die, and I didn't.
Since then the only time I have gone to the hospital is for the visits every three months. I am having a good time at school and have awesome friends. I am now in eighth grade. I am healthy and in the past year I am happy to say that I got an insulin pump so I don't have to do so many shots. I am healthy and active. I play tennis my most competitive sport, skiing, and golf. I hope you choose to donate so that we can together find a cure for diabetes!