Hey there everyone! Before I get started on asking some questions, lemme give you a quick background. I'm a junior in a normal (not big...but definately not small) town. There are a little over a thousand students in my high school. About 250 in my junior class. Luckily, some of my closest friends are diabetics. Including me, there are at LEAST 4 in my grade... There are 2 sophomores that I know...and 1 (my best friend ever) freshman with type 1 diabetes... Just a few weeks ago, one of the autistic kids was put in our class room in hopes that he would become a little more comfortable in a regular classroom environment. He also has diabetes and wears an insulin pump. After I notced that, I started looking around more and noticed at LEAST 2 others that are wearing insulin pumps too... thats about 10 people with diabetes. That got me to thinking...then this happened last week.
One of my closest friends and I have been friends since 2nd grade. She knows just about as much about my diabetes as I do. After school last week we went to sonic to get some drinks before we went to the liabrary to work on our research papers. She told me that after school the day before she was in our sophomore english teachers room. His grandaughter just moved into our school district from a school of about 600... The english teacher asked my friend how I was doing because the last time I talked to him I was getting ready to see my endo at ACH....... His grandaughter went off saying how she wished that people would just quit complaining about diabetes. Apparently ever since she moved here, she's heard so many people talking about it and complaining about it. She says that its not that big of a deal and that anyone could live with it. That really upsets me... I mean, yeah.. Diabetes isn't the WORST thing in life... but you can't be a weakling to live with it either. It takes a lot of courage and strength and will power both emotionally and physically...at least in my opinion.
Then 3 days ago, we were having a little "pep rally" thing to get ready to take the literacy test. We were playing our version of games from the tv show "minute to win it"... The teachers were calling for volunteers..and one of them picked this boy in my class that has had diabetes since he was 5. The game was where you had to put a cookie on your forehead and use your face mussles to get it in your mouth. I was sitting in the back of the cafeteria with my boyfriend and some of his friends watching. The diabetic guy was the first to get the cookie in his mouth, as a matter of fact, he ate 3. The people that were sitting around me started freaking out. They were saying stuff about how he was going to die because he just ate a cookie.. according to them, diabetecs aren't allowed to eat ANY sugar at all.. NONE. That bothered me too. Just because we are diabetics doesn't mean we have to eat 100% healthy all the time.. We can have small amounts of sugar as long as we remember to give insulin for it.
I've noticed more and more every day how many students at my school have diabetes and how many other students in my school are so...uneducated about it. I really want to be mad at them, but I know that wouldn't be right because they are just making asumptions that most uneducated people make.
Next year will be my senior year. I've been in this school district my entire life and I really want to make an impact on it before I leave. I'm wanting to get together with my JDRF walk to cure diabetes team and my school board and put together some kind of assembly to help raise diabetes awareness and eliminate some of those nasty assumptions that people make.... my only problem is that I'm afraid of not having support..
A lot of times, teenagers don't really care about anything other than themselves. I don't want this to turn out the same way. I don't want people just talking and laughing and texting because they are using the time as "free time" or a study hall. I really want to open their eyes and show them what life with diabetes is like. I know that they won't ever truly know how life changing diabetes can be.. but surely there is something that I can do... Any tips, ideas, suggestions, or support? I really need it... Thanks guys!
Soon to find a cure!
Taylor Danielle :)