Today I have a guest blogger.
My nephew Kyle, who is smart, funny, handsome, athletic, caring and also happens to have Diabetes.
Just a week before my eighth birthday I was told I was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. For about 6 months prior to this I was wetting the bed, drinking water like crazy, and urinating just as much. When I was first diagnosed I had no idea what it was. I thought I was going to die because I heard the "di" in diabetes. The day after the diagnosis we went to the hospital and were informed on how, exactly, my life was about to change dramatically and rapidly. Thousands of shots and finger pricks later at the age of 15 I am now a very healthy and energetic kid. Diabetes hasn't stopped me from anything. I wear an insulin pump 24/7 only taking it off when I shower or go into a pool. I check my blood sugar about 5-6 times a day and give myself insulin every time I eat, correcting for the amount of carbohydrates I take in. I play basketball and lacrosse without any problems. All of my friends, family, teachers, and coaches are very supportive and do whatever they can to help. As today is National Diabetic Day I would like to thank all of those who support diabetes research and help to find a cure for this disease. I'd also like to thank all of my family and friends for their support and care.