January 1, 2013 will be my 4 year anniversary being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It is not the best anniversary for a little guy to celebrate. The 1st day of the year though I am always reminded how lucky my family is to have you in our lives. Diabetes is a team disease. Mom and Dad are the managers of my diabetes ....but you are all my teammates. I NEED your love, support and help to keep me playing.
I am 11 years old and in 5th grade. This is my 1st year in the middle school and I love it!† I do my best and get really good grades. I really love to socialize...and Im good at it too!!† I love to have a good time. My teachers, classmates, nurses and so many others at my school help me with my diabetes. Many of them have become the teammates I count on the most often. I still struggle with high and low blood sugars at school and sometimes miss class time which still upsets me, but these teammates do all they can to help and even cheer me on when I need it.
I had an amazing summer. My baseball team did great again. Now most of the guys on my baseball team and the other teams too know about my diabetes. If I need a break they "kind" of get it. But it still is a lot of extra work for my parents and coaches to keep my on the field. My team is bigger than just the guys who wear the same uniform as me.
A really awesome thing that I got to do this summer was to to Diabetes Camp for a week in Rosholt. It was so much fun. Every kid there had Type 1 Diabetes. You cant even imagine how much fun I had. Not once did I have to explain taking a break to check my blood sugar...everyone had to do it. Everyone was just like me. I still had to deal with peanut allergy and asthma, but what are you going to do, right?? It was the first time I was away from my mom and dad. I got a little homesick and even missed Grace a little bit. I hope I get to go back again this year. I met so many cool kids, counselors and other helpers. Everyone at camp understood diabetes. Together we were a team and I really had a great time with those teammates!!
I also played tackle football this year. I LOVED it!! Tackle football is my favorite sport to play. I even had a couple sacks....Clay Mathews watch out! Even though I have diabetes I played as hard as any guy on my team. I had a lot more to worry about though. Between drills at practice and during games I had to test blood sugars and figure out how the heat, physical activity and my adrenaline would effect me. It was a constant challenge for me and my mom and dad. They really are my greatest teammates!
Another awesome thing that happened to me this year is that I met a really great guy named Mr. Tom Crabtree. He is married to one the coolest girls in the world, Chelsea Crabtree. Mr. Crabtree plays football for the Green Bay Packers and wears #83. Chelsea has Type 1 Diabetes like me and we have become teammates too! We are teammates working together to find our cure. Chelsea has showed me and my family that even though I have Type 1 Diabetes I will grow up and have a great life. She played sports, went to college, got married, had a family and is happy. Its a lot of hard work still for Chelsea and takes a whole team to help her stay healthy. Mr. Crabtree and Chlesea are great people and AWESOME friends. I am so proud to have them as my teammates.†
Thank you all for the love, friendship and support you have given me this past year. Your friendship and great teamwork means so much to me and my family. With the team I have, we WILL find the cure!!
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