This story is about a teen named Bethany

- by Bethany Kinsey

When I was 5 years old I was diagnosed with the horrible disease called diabetes. The first couple of years were pretty hard but it soon became a routine. As I grew older I started missing the freedom of being able to eat whatever and whenever I wanted. My family and I knew there was something that could help me have more freedom with my busy schedule of school, basketball, cheerleading, and friends at church and school. After reading up on all the other treatments around, my parents and I decided that an insulin pump would be a better treatment choice. After discussing this with my d-team I decided on the minimed pump (and the fact that insurance coverd it helped the desision!!!). Although it did take longer to get everything situated than I thought, it has been wonderful so far.

Hi, it's me Bethany I wanted to post this for everyone considering an insulin pump. I just want to let you all know that its worth all the hassle with the insurance!!! I turned 13 in Dec, 2000, and received my pump Jan, 2001. I am verrrrrrry active with all activities at school, like: basketball, track, softball, piano and all fundraisers. For the past 5 years I have gone to diabetes camp and I love it more every year!!! When I graduate high school I am going to attend collage for a degree in music (I love to sing and play the piano) or I would like to be a pump educator.

For all diabetics there is hope,

May God keep you all


If you have a child with diabetes and would like to talk to other parents about the Insulin Pump, please contact or visit the Insulin-Pumpers website.