Friends in the Fight


HOPE COLLINS

I believe in following your dreams. I may only be eleven years old, but have already faced one of the biggest challenges of my life—controlling my type one diabetes. The diagnosis four years ago slowed me down and made me feel discouraged. The needles used for several insulin injections and blood sugar testing, sometimes more than a half dozen times a day, took a lot of getting used to at the time. But it’s no longer bad and I can even say some good things have come out of having diabetes. I met my best friend Dana, who also has the disease. We were recently chosen to be ambassadors for this area’s American Diabetes Association and its October walk event. It will be our chance to encourage others not to let the disease stop them from pursuing their dreams.

DANA MORTENSEN

My diagnosis of type one diabetes three years ago came as a surprise. No one else in my family has it—not even my twin sister! I had to be taken to the emergency room and ended up staying in the hospital for a week. Doctors worked hard to treat and lower my hemoglobin and blood glucose levels. Both were in the extreme high range. It took time, but I now know how to control it; and learned I am not the only one with diabetes. There are millions of Americans with it, including my best friend, Hope. We are the new American Diabetes Association ambassadors and will talk with those participating in this area’s October walk about living with the disease. I believe a cure will happen, but see awareness as most important right now. It can help yourself or someone you care about deal with an unexpected diagnosis.

The American Diabetes Association’s Walk To Fight Diabetes is October 12, 2008 at Vilas Park. For more information, visit diabetes.org.

Teri Barr is anchor for "News 3 at 9" on MyMadisonTV Channel 14 and "News 3 at 10" on WISC-TV.

 
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