As a husky 12 year old who had just developed an interest in girls, losing close to 20 pounds in a month seemed like a pretty good deal to me. To my parents there were many signs that alerted them that something else was going on.
Frequent bathroom breaks, bags around my eyes, lethargic behavior, and a bad attitude seemed to indicate that puberty might not be causing my rapid weight lose. An hour trip to the doctor revealed that I had Juvenile Diabetes.
I remember crying and holding my parents for a long time in the doctors office and then realizing I had no idea what Diabetes was or what kind of journey I was about to embark on. I spent three days in the hospital and then I was released back into the world as the kid at school with a disease none of my peers knew anything about. With the support of my family and teachers I educated my peers and realized that I could still do many of the things I did before my diagnosis.