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Hello, I’m Cole, Arden’s brother and I wanted to share the experience I had today at Arden’s endo appointment.


I'm nervous and just a little bit excited that I'm going to get my blood drawn for CHOP's TrialNet study today. I thought this was the least I could do for my sister. I'm not thrilled about it but my sister Arden has had type I diabetes for almost four years and my blood can help find new treatments. All of my family and millions of other people are working to help doctors to cure diabetes. My dad has been working on this website ever since Arden was diagnosed with type I. He created it to help people who want to learn more about type I diabetes, so my dad's website helps people.



I'm in the waiting room now and my dad is filling out paperwork for me and Arden.... Now we are in the vitals room. Arden is the one getting weighed and measured but I have to be here, I'm getting even more nervous....


Now we are in the exam room waiting for the nurse to come get me... She's ready for me... Be right back. 


I'm back, she just took the blood and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It did sting, but not the worst feeling ever. The worst thing about it is that I can hardly bend my arm because of the band-aid and that's not so bad. I thought it would be as bad as when I slammed my finger with a weight last month.


I think that I did a really good deed today and I hope that other siblings of diabetics consider helping too.


To learn more about TrialNet go to


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The following are archived comments from this post. You can post new comments below.

Aunt Megs
Great job Cole!
Monday, April 5, 2010 - 11:31 PM
Cole, iam so proud of you,you did a wonderful thing,i know you must be feeling great,to be able to help ardei love you all,again i am so proud of you.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 10:57 AM 


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