Hello, my name is Tyler Duncan and I am a Type 1 Diabetic. I have had diabetes for eight years.
It started two weeks after my fifth birthday, I started feeling very tired and thirsty. My mom took me to the family doctor, and he tested my blood sugar. It was so high the meter couldn't read it. The doctor immediately sent us to Phoenix Children's Hospital. It was scary at first to get an IV, and to get my blood sugar tested. I cried everytime they had to draw blood and test me, but eventually I grew to love the hospital. The hospital had friendly service and a lot of fun things to do. I was sad to leave the hospital after three days.
Over the years, I have learned how to test my blood sugar and give myself daily insulin shots. I have also learned how to count carbohydrates. Diabetes is something I have to think about every day, but I have learned how to make it a part of normal life.
After my seventh year of having diabetes, I went to Camp AZDA, a diabetic camp in Arizona. The camp was amazing! I got to experience a lot of new things at Camp AZDA. I rode a horse, I got to ride on a zipline, I went tubing behind a jetski, and I participated in archery and riflery. Most of all, I made new friends; and I realized there are many kids like me who deal with Type 1 Diabetes every day.
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