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  What it's like having diabetes
Updated 11 July 2004, 10.58
Hannah talking on a radio station
Hannah-Marie has had diabetes from a very young age.

In her report she tells us that she's still able to be very active like other children.

"I was 18 months old when I was diagnosed with diabetes - so I've never really known what it would be like not to have it.

When I was younger, I even used to wonder why no other kids injected themselves.

I have to inject myself twice a day with insulin - once in the morning before breakfast and once in the evening before dinner.

No needles

The Mhi-500 needle-free injection
The needle-free injection
I've been lucky for the past couple of years because I've been using a needle-free injection which basically blasts the insulin through the skin.

For me this has been better than having a needle injection.

I hardly feel anything when it's happening, just a slight sensation.

Good friends

Sometimes I have off-days when I wonder why it's me that has diabetes.

But I have lots of good friends and I'm able to talk about it with them.

Very active

People think with diabetes you're not able to do lots of things.

But this is not true. I'm very active.

I love dancing, skating, horse riding. I study at a school of arts where I get to sing and appear in shows.

I've also been on national radio talking about diabetes, I think it's a good thing to tell people that it's not so bad having diabetes."

Hannah-Marie, 12, Essex


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