There is a difference between T1 & T2 diabetes. I have stated a zillion times, that if you have something you strongly believe in, “Don’t Do Nothing”. Seems a 7th grader decided that she wanted to do something about it. Behind that absolutely gorgeous smile is a young lady who went on a mission with fierce undertaking…..and the result could very well impact the world around her.
Now it would be easy to say, what can a class project do? Well for one thing, if one person sees it, one person could be helped, one person could change their attitude. When a person is fearless and puts her entire self out there for the world to see, it can be a huge risk. What will people think, do, say? It can also result in change…..even one person at a time. If we all did that just once a year, we would change the world. Doesn’t sound so small anymore, does it?
Tara is 13 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes at age 5. She was not afraid to show her school and her community; that her diabetes is something THEY NEED to know about. Pretty special for an early-teen to be so bold. She is on a pump and a cgm and she takes ‘this diabetes thing’ pretty seriously. She created a survey of over 20 questions which were distributed and discussed. It was for people to understand the differences in diabetes and it was chock full of questions; my favorite:
6.Type one diabetes can be outgrown.
…….how any times have we been asked THAT question.
Tara created a 5 page research paper, a survey, and the board you see here. Kids can choose not to acknowledge their diabetes or they can decide to ‘hit it head on’ and clearly Tara has chosen to hit it straight on.
There is much that I love about this project. It would be easy to say, “so what”, wouldn’t it? It’s ‘just’ a school project. You can see that the amount of work shown is not ‘just’ anything. This is a young lady who is making a difference in our world. Let’s let Tara know that we, as a community, understand and appreciate a lot of work to benefit those with diabetes.
Please comment on this post about Tara’s project which took a long time to research, write, and create. She is a hero. She could have done a project showing a volcano, she didn’t……she went out there talking about something so personal to help the world change. Tara is deserving of our congratulations, Tara decided to make a difference in her world with diabetes, our world with diabetes……………………………..let her know it!!!!!!
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PS—-I love to share these stories and always will choose to do so. Email me at email@example.com if someone you know ‘goes that extra mile’….I would love to share their story sometime.