Hi, I am Alexis! I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 6 years old. When I found out I had diabetes, I went to Children’s. With no diabetes in our family, my mom and dad could not believe that I was diabetic. My parents knew nothing about diabetes and had no idea how to take care of me, but they knew they would have to learn fast in order to get me well quickly. I was treated very well at the hospital and felt happy with the treatment—and the yummy popsicles they gave to me. (The food was great, too).
Having diabetes was a huge learning experience for me and my family. We pricked my finger (many times) to practice taking my blood sugar. We learned how to give insulin and how to operate a pump. We have also learned how to have sleepovers, go to amusement parks, be on the swim team and be involved with cheerleading. Having diabetes is just something we do. Each thing we have learned has made having diabetes a little bit easier. I still do everything all my friends can do, and I am still just a normal kid.