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Hi, my name is Mia. I have a little sister, two dogs and five bunnies. We live in Florida. It is always hot in Florida, so when I started to drink more and more, it took my Mom and Dad a while to realize that things weren’t right. That was shortly after my third birthday. Then on October 8, 2004 I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. I didn’t really understand what that meant, but I had to stay in the hospital and the nurses had to prick my fingers and give me shots. They said that I needed them to stay healthy. 

I have had diabetes for five years now. I wear an insulin pump. I love my pump because it means I need to get less needle sticks. I still have to check my blood sugar every day, though, about ten times, day and night. My parents do the nighttime checks. Sometimes, I wake up.

I love animals, nature and arts and crafts. My sister is my best friend. We play together all the time. I like school, especially math and reading. When I grow up, I want to work with animals. I love playing with our dogs and teaching them tricks. When I am sad or bored, I hold one of the bunnies in my lap. They are so cute and fluffy, and they make me feel better!

My parents promise to throw me a big party when a cure is found for my diabetes. I would like to have all my friends come, teachers and neighbors, too. We are going to take all the stuff I need for my diabetes, the pump and my meter and make a big pile of it and burn it. Then we will all sing and cheer and be happy. That will be the best day of my life.