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Diagnosed Age 4

These smart, charming, good-looking people have at least one thing in common: we were diagnosed with diabetes at age 4. Also, a few Diagnosed Age 4 groupies hang out here. All are welcome!

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Comment by Clinitest on December 5, 2011 at 5:09pm all you can to keep your A1c's below 6. I'd be glad to give you some tips if you want...that usually means eat carbs in moderation (and eat the right carbs). You will all do fine....but, it does take an extraordinary amount of discipline to take care of ones self.

Comment by Anna Banana on March 12, 2011 at 4:54pm
i was diagnosed march 22 at the age of 4. that was a great birthday present for my dad because his birthday was march 28
Comment by jessindenver on March 9, 2011 at 3:08pm
Hi all! I was diagnosed March 16, 1990 at age 4.5. I've let diabetes slip to the side in my life for the past few years, but I'm back on the "unicorn" and ready to make my A1C the best it can be with the assistance of all this great technology. I think my mom would have given her left arm to have a CGM for me when I was growing up! I just remember all the times she slipped into my room in the middle of the night to check my bloodsugar whenever my CGM prevents me from getting any rest. Hope to talk to all of you soon!
Comment by Tracy K on October 16, 2010 at 8:47pm
my son was 4.5 at diagnosis and has just turned six!
Comment by Sunshine on September 13, 2010 at 6:55pm
I was diagnosed over Halloween when I was 4!
Comment by Sarah Keech on September 21, 2009 at 6:36am
I was dxd right before my 5th birthday! I remember all of what you speak of with the test tubes, etc. Esp. the pork insulin because I was never a big fan of killing animals. I am vegan now. We are probably healthier than everyone else because we have been going to nutritionists forever and have been exercising a lot to lose the fear of losing toes.
Comment by Kelly Rawlings on September 21, 2009 at 5:32am
Welcome to the group, Bill. It's always great to hear from another PWD who experienced test tubes and urine tablets, pork insulin, and early glucose meters the size of economy cars! I sure more recently diagnosed people get tired of our "I walked 3 miles uphill to school both ways" stories, but I do think it helps to give perspective: People live very successfully and for a very long time with type 1 diabetes. It's not easy. It's not fun. But we should all be proud of our efforts.
Comment by Bill on September 19, 2009 at 5:30pm

I used to be here (on TUDiabetes) on a daily basis back in 2008, but life got in the way, and I haven't been around in a while. It is so great to see the growth this site has experienced, but the reason I joined this group was to talk about us 4 year old diagnosed Type 1s.

Way back in 1972, just before my 4th. birthday, I had lost a lot of weight and was drinking an urinating constantly. The family doctor (as they were known back then) said I should go to the hospital and that's where my parents took me (I think the doctor didn't want to give them the bad news). In the hospital they quickly diagnosed me with T1 diabetes. I spent my 4th birthday eating a ham and cheese sandwich with 4 candles on it instead of any cake... because ANY sugar would have meant nearly instantaneous death (at least that's what I was told back then).

Still, even though I spent my 4th. birthday learning how deal with Insulin shots, I met a kid that was maybe a year older than me and he had cancer (I can't remember what kind) and he was very sick. I went home after a week and a half in the hospital, the kid with cancer did not. I learned that while diabetes is tremendously hard to live with there were many things that don't give you the chance to even try and live.

I don't mean to sound so morose... it was a different time back then (many people who were diagnosed back in the 70's or earlier know what I am talking about) and trying to find positive support was very difficult in those days. Now, with TuDiabetes and the array of other support groups out there, I am happy to know that newly diagnosed Type 1's do not need to feel alone.
Comment by Chrissy on September 17, 2009 at 11:11am
I was diagnosed Febuary 14, 1988... 2 months before my 4th birthday.
Comment by Bethany on September 14, 2009 at 5:52pm
I was 4 but almost 5 and I don't really remember any thing before then but I remember my time in the hospital very well sometimes better then I could wish for. . .But I live my life every day very well. I have never been back in the hospital again for my diabetes! and I am very proud of that. And I hope for the same for every one else! Good Luck! and never stop trying!

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