Spotlight on Delaware JDRF Kids – Julia Murphy

Julia Murphy with Congressman Castle

Diabetes has Not Taken Away From My Life – It Has Added To It

by Julia Murphy


My name is Julia Murphy.  I am 13 years old and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on May 11. 2009.

I am a Visual Arts major at Cab Calloway School of the Arts.  I am glad that I am not the only girl there with type 1 diabetes.  I think it would be hard to be the only one that has diabetes in middle school.  But at Cab there are four of us.

Every day before lunch we have a contest to see who has the best blood sugar.   It is great to have people at school who understand what I am going through and we have all become really good friends.  Our school nurse, Mrs Fiori, probably knows more about type 1 diabetes than my endocrinologist.  My parents think she walks on water because they don’t have to worry so much when I am at school.  She is the greatest.

Over the summer I attended the Kamp for Kids at the University of Delaware for kids with type 1 diabetes.  I went with my friend Julia.  It was a lot of fun.  We went to the pool, played lots of games and even put on a show about diabetes.  My group contributed to the show by performing a rap about the good and bad things about diabetes.  I would recommend Kamp for Kids to anyone with diabetes.  I am planning to go back again this summer.

My family and I have become very involved with the Delaware JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.  We invited lots of friends and family to walk with us, and they almost all of them decided to be part of our team.

We had over 50 members of Julia’s Dream Team.  It was really great to have something positive to work towards.

For a team fundraiser, our swim club held a talent show.  My friends and I did a skit called A Pancreas Story.  It was a kind of funny skit about how the pancreas works, or in my case, how it doesn’t.  Our pool manager, Dave, dressed up like the pancreas and my friends and I were the Insulin Girls.  It was great night and we raised lots of money for JDRF.

I was really disappointed that the Walk in October was hit by a storm but we went anyway.  It was really cool to meet Congressman Castle for the first time; he came out to support our Walk in the rain.  He is a good friend to kids with Type 1.  On October 24, 2010, I am excited to go to the Wilmington Walk again I just really want sun!

Diabetes has not taken away from my life, it has added to it.  I have made great friends and get to go to an awesome camp.  I will be getting my insulin pump really soon and I hope that will make living with diabetes easier.  But with my great friends, family and JDRF Delaware, I am very lucky already.

See you at The Walk to Cure on October 24, 2010 in Wilmington!