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My Diabetes Diary

If you live with diabetes, we want you to share your story with us.

For the 3rd year, Ho Chunk Gaming Black River Falls and WKBT present My Diabetes Diary.

The past two years, hundreds of people have shared their story about how they live with the disease. We had stories from parents of children with diabetes, older adults who have lived with the disease their whole lives to a 42 year old man just diagnosed. You can read past year's stories on the My Diabetes Diary page, which also features last yearís winner, Megan Muehlenbruch of LaCrosse.

This year, we received a great response to the contest and many inspiring stories were submitted. We are pleased to announce that the story by Tessa Thurin has been selected as this yearís winner.

Every 17 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.

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This Year's Winning Story

My name is Tessa Thurin, I am a twelve years old and I have type 1 diabetes, and I have for almost three years now. I would like to share my story about having diabetes.

It all starts one day when my brother (Griffin) and I were going to spend the night at my grandpa and grandmaís house. The day started off normal, my grandpa and my brother went out to set up some kind of thing to do with hunting. Me an Grandma inside while I pretend to be a teacher and she is the student ( I can take credit for everything she knows!) My Grandpa is a type 2 diabetic and he was noticing something. While I was over at their house I was constantly drinking and I was kind of noticing that too. I drank three glasses of water, two sodas, milk and three orange juices. My grandpa was worried and he asked me if he could test my blood glucose. He did and he immediately called my father and he came to take me to the emergency room.

I was diagnosed with diabetes June 24th 2011. I got an IV put into me at the Viroqua Hospital. Then they told me I would get to ride in an ambulance!!!! I was so nervous, the ambulance ride was scary, I pretended to sleep even though I knew for sure I could not sleep definitely not with all this going on. I stayed in the hospital for three days and three nights. I learned a lot while I was there, and I also had lots of visitors. All my family and friends came there to see how I was doing. I am blessed with an amazing family and a great bunch of friends.

Sometimes I get a little sad and I feel bad when I think about that this is going to be with me forever. Sometimes I wish that I had someone who would understand me, someone who would not look at me weird when I told them that I have diabetes. I continue to raise money to support JDFR in finding a cure. So far, I have raised and donated over $5,500.00. My goal is to i=one day be able to say "I had diabetes".