Diabetic? Not Alone!

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

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    Diabetic? Not Alone!

    Diabetic? Not Alone!

    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.