Diabetic? Not Alone!
August 2015

“Diabetic? Not Alone!” Friend, Aug. 2015, 14–15

Friends Who Care

Diabetic? Not Alone!

Friend Magazine, 2015/08 Aug

Hi, I’m Matthew! I have had Type 1 diabetes since I was six years old. That means my body doesn’t process nutrients correctly. It’s not easy being different. So I like helping other kids who feel different too!

Sugar Rush

I taught my Scout troop first aid for diabetes. For example, if I don’t feel well, I need to drink juice. I even showed them how to give me a special shot if I faint! Afterward we played a diabetes trivia game.

Fashion Statement

My troop and I made these cool leather ID bracelets for kids who have just found out they have diabetes. We donated them to the hospital.

Call of the Wild

I go to a camp with other diabetic kids. I help introduce new campers to my friends and favorite counselors. We love to swim and hike.

Speak Out

I raise diabetes awareness by sharing my story with local businesses and explaining what diabetes is. It used to be scary, but now I enjoy public speaking.

Suit Up

I love reading about the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6). I know that with Heavenly Father’s help, I can do hard things even though I have diabetes.

How You Can Help

  • Include others: Say hi when you see someone by themselves at school, or invite someone new to sit with you.

  • Get involved: Contact your local hospital or Red Cross and see if they need donations like quilts, stuffed animals, or even medical ID bracelets.

  • Get informed: Learn about a disability or illness and teach your Scout troop or activity day group about it. Learn first aid so you can help people in need.