The Future of Diabetes

Eva Heintz wrote this at age 14 for the College of the Siskiyous “Dream Job” essay contest. She won “Best of Show” and since she’s a type 1 who wants to grow up to be a pediatric endocrinologist, we thought we’d share it with our readers.

Oct 13, 2008

I rush to the hospital, hoping to get there in time. When I arrive, I find my newly diagnosed diabetic with a blood sugar of 1027.  He is vomiting all over the place and might have a seizure soon.  He is in diabetic ketoacidosis. It's time for my dream job.

I could be in this position in twenty years.

I'd be changing insulin-to-carbohydrate ratios, giving injections, doing sliding scales, and trying to keep people with diabetes on the right track all day long. It would be nice to go to bed every night knowing that I have helped someone turn his or her life around. In order to do that, I will need to attend college for nearly ten years. In that decade of learning, I must gather all the information I can, so as to not ruin a person's life. I must also work hard and try to be understanding, especially if I am to work with children.

I think I would be best at this job because I have type 1 so I can relate. I have had many experiences, good and bad, most of which I want to help prevent, which I can do with my dream job. I think the most important part is that I would be able to help or maybe even save people's lives with something that I consider intriguing. You probably have never heard of my dream job-that is what makes it so special.

I want to be a Pediatric Endocrinologist.

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Posted by kat on 18 October 2008

Thats great girl! keep your dream flying high1 Im type 1 too and also had my close calls but Ive learned from my mom and dr how to contol things better
good Luck

Posted by Anonymous on 18 October 2008

I very much appreciated your endeavor and I wish your success in Life

Jacob Gomes

Posted by Anonymous on 18 October 2008

Way to go Eva, you are a gem. We need more trained endocrinologist to help many diabetics and save our lives.
Knowledge and help will rescue more people with diabetes

Posted by Anonymous on 10 November 2008

My father and I both are Type I diabetics and I was totally uncontrolled. At times I was unable to get my strips from the pharmacy and had to wait on other people. Everything turned for the better once I started using a mail order company. It was so easy - they did absolutely everything for me. Now, I receive my strips and lancets at home and I am testing regularly. There are several mail order companies out there but the one that has worked best for me is called Liberty Medical. I met my local rep at a health fair and he treated me with respect, empathy and was able to help me in everything that I needed.

Posted by Anonymous on 31 March 2009

Hey my dad dies of type 1 diabetes 10 years ago in july and i'm so happy to here that some of today's people are interested in helping out people with diabetes.

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