Tara; that is Spelled H-E-R-O. A Young Lady Who Put it All Out There for the World to See!!!!!

TaraThere 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.
a)True
b)False
…….how any times have we been asked THAT question.

Tara's Project 1Tara 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!!!!!!

I am a diabetes dad.

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PS—-I love to share these stories and always will choose to do so.  Email me at tkarlya@drif.org if someone you know ‘goes that extra mile’….I would love to share their story sometime.

 

 

0 thoughts on “Tara; that is Spelled H-E-R-O. A Young Lady Who Put it All Out There for the World to See!!!!!

  • Lori Havens says:

    Tara, you rock! I’m soooooooo glad you chose to do this for your school project, and I’m certain that you’ve just educated not only dozens of people who viewed it at school, but thousands…maybe even tens of thousands who are viewing it online/on Facebook! My 20 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 4. He’s now a very happy, healthy, active university student majoring in engineering. You have a bright and brilliant future ahead of you, despite the challenges of D. My son says that D was an important part of shaping him into the smart, self-disciplined, never-give-up, adventurous, go-getter that he is today.
    So you keep going, Tara! You’re terrific!

    {{{HUGS}}} to you!
    Lori

  • Steve Resnick says:

    Tara it’s people like you that reaffirm my belief that there are so many good people out there!
    Your bravery, courage, infectious smile, and soaring spirit are an inspiration to people with and WITHOUT T1D.
    You and your entire family should be so very proud on what you have accomplished and the bright future that lies ahead!
    Way to go Tara…WAY TO GO!!!!!

  • Such a great job Tara! I feel everyone needs to know about Diabetes. Also they need to know the difference between Type 1 and Type 2. Thank you! I have been Type 1 for 17 years. I am now on the Omnipod Insulin Pump. Thank you again for all your hard work.♡

  • Awesome job Tara!!!! My niece has Type 1 and my kids are learning all about it with her. What a great lesson for any kid to be proud of every bit if who they are. Teaching others instead of hiding helps everyone!!!! Way to go!!

  • Dear Diabetes Dad,
    Thank you so much! It really means a lot to me. 🙂 I never thought my project would impact so many people! Thank you for putting all this time and effort into this post, it makes diabetes a little easier knowing how much support is out there.
    Love, Tara

    • But the thank yous go to you my dear….you are a very special young lady……keep inspiring the world around you….we surely need it.
      Regards always—your friend,
      DiabetesDad
      Tom

  • Sarah Brown says:

    Tara, I have always known you are an amazing young lady! For all your everyday challenges, you never let Type 1 define who you, but have embraced it and want to teach others. You are a fabulous example of living your life to the full & you have an amazing family who has been with you every step of the way. I was privilidged to spend time with you & get a glimpse of living with diabetes. We can read all the texts books on diabetes, but it is not until we hear from those living with Type 1 that we really “learn”. Keep up the great work Tara & get your message out there. You rock!! Best always xx

  • As my 6 year old dd would say AWESOME SAUCE…i hope little girl grows into a confident young women just like u….keep fight the good fight educating one at a time….

  • Thank you Tara for educating people on Type-1!! Too often the media creates this self-inflicted “diabetes” as a lumped term. Nothing you did caused this. Nothing my son did caused this. People need to know that. Great job!! 🙂

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