Christine Kontos

Christine is 11 years old and has a large family. In addition to her mother and father, Christine has three older brothers, Ari, Peter and Marc, one older sister, Daphne, and two younger sisters, Mary and Lantha. Christine's mother and grandparents own a restaurant, The Olive Branch, where all the children in the Kontos family get a chance to help. Christine's grandparents are from Greece and still keep Greek traditions alive within the Kontos family.

When Christine was six years old, there were days when she felt very strange. She was often very thirsty and was always having to go to the bathroom. When Christine began losing weight, her parents took her to the doctor. That's when they found out she had diabetes.

Christine is the only one of her brothers and sisters who has Type 1 diabetes, also called insulin dependent diabetes, which means Christine must put insulin into her own body herself. This involves using a syringe (a hospital needle) to give herself insulin two times a day.

At first, Christine's parents gave her the insulin shots. Now that she is older, Christine does her own injections and controls her own diet. She rarely eats anything sweet without planning for it.

When Christine grows up, she would like to be a professional ballet dancer or an architect, like her father. She knows that diabetes won't keep her from doing the same things anyone else can do, especially when she plans ahead and follows her doctor's advice.

Christine can be seen in the KOB programs on diabetes and self esteem.

When Christine grows up, she would like to be a professional ballet dancer or an architect, like her father. She knows that diabetes won't keep her from doing the same things anyone else can do, especially when she plans  ahead and follows her doctor's advice.

Christine can be seen in the KOB programs on diabetes and self esteem.