Archive for the ‘Teens’ Category

Video: Amanda

Contributor: Amanda

Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes; diagnosed at age 14

Quote: “It’s great to see that there’s people here that I can relate to, and know that I’m not alone in this struggle that is diabetes. [Diabetes] doesn’t have to be who you are. “


Video: Haley

Contributor: Haley (website and video no longer online)

Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “The hardest part is the emotional pain. Other people don’t know how it feels to be different. People make comments all the time. I feel labeled as ‘the diabetic girl’. I just want to be Haley.”

Video: Nicole

Contributor: Nicole

Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “Don’t feel like you have to [get involved] in stuff that is not your thing. I don’t want to get involved in exercise stuff; I want to do the [clinical] trials and research. [Don’t be afraid to] speak up.”

Video: Melissa

Contributor: Melissa; @MelllBe

Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “I see my diabetes as a blessing now, and I’m glad I stopped ignoring it. I’m so happy [that] I’ve had the support of people online – I did not know there were so many type 1 diabetics everywhere. It’s amazing.”

Video: Logan


Contributor: Logan; 2012 ADA National Youth Advocate

Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “When I was diagnosed, my family and I reached out into the community and talked to people who also had diabetes. Some of the best advice I can give is to get involved.”

Video: Sarah

Contributor: Sarah;

Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “You’re not alone – if you’re here, you know that. Diabetes is one of those few diseases that you manage yourself, and it doesn’t seem as hard as it is. You have to remember that you live with it forever; you’re stuck with it, so you have to make the best of it. Just live your life like any normal person would. Don’t think that just because you have this chronic illness that you have to hold back – don’t let it stop you from doing anything you want to do.”

Video: Moira

Contributor: Moira McCarthy;

Connection: Parent of a young adult with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “I thought [her diagnosis] was the end of the world, but it’s 15 years later now, and we’ve been through everything.”