My name is Bella. I am 13, and I was diagnosed with type one diabetes when I was 11. I am a dancer and cheerleader. Diabetes hasn’t stopped me from doing what I love. For about a week, my parents and I had been noticing I had been very tired and feeling dehydrated. My mom is a type one diabetic (she was diagnosed at 17 years old) so she tested my blood sugar. It was above 500. She figured she would let it go for now, and test me again tomorrow. The next day, I was once again above 500. Then on a Monday, 4 days before Thanksgiving, my parents took me to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Blood tests confirmed I had type one diabetes. I was very scared, because I had seen my mom deal with her diabetes and it looked painful. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days and 2 nights, learning about the disease I’d be dealing with for the rest of my life. Luckily my school nurse can help me with my insulin and low and high blood sugars. Diabetes has really affected my family, though. Two out of five people in my family are diabetic. Having two people is beneficial though because I have someone to talk to who understands me. Having this disease does make school hard for me at times because there are two classes that I have to leave early in to check my blood sugar. Also, I have to leave class and go to nurse if I feel like my blood sugar is low or high. Overall, I have done great with diabetes and school together. Next year when I am in eighth grade, I will be taking High School Math 1, instead of eighth grade math, which I am proud of. Diabetes has been very hard because there are so many people who don’t understand this disease, but I feel like I’ve been doing great with it so far.