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Our Monthly Mentor Message!
When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was terrified. It felt like a rock was setting in my stomach. I had many fears and doubts about my future. So many questions were going through my mind as I was in the emergency room hearing the news. All I could think about was sports. I wondered if this illness would limit my ability to play the sports I had loved my entire life? When I reflect on this moment, I often smile. I smile because God has a plan and it is way different and much more intricate than anything I could ever devise. I have come to realize that whatever unfortunate circumstances happen in life, they occur for a reason and oftentimes can teach valuable lessons that will have a substantial impact.
I love encouraging people. So, when I figured out I could still play sports, be great in school and do everything I ever wanted to do or accomplish, I wanted to encourage others that they could do the same. In the past year, I have had the opportunity to visit or mentor 3 young kids upon their diagnosis and walk them through their first days of this new diabetic lifestyle. I knew they were scared and had questions about the future, but I just wanted to support them and be an example they could look up to. I told them that whatever their dreams are, to continue chasing them and never give up. Diabetes is just another obstacle put in the way that will make a person stronger and more determined. Another thing I would mention is all of my accolades and accomplishments: I am by no means perfect or a superstar athlete but I have worked hard to earn every award I have received, all while managing type 1 diabetes. I have been truly blessed by God and I give Him the glory in all that I do, knowing that He is the orchestrator of my life. Hopefully, this would be an encouragement to all the newly diagnosed diabetics and they will work that much harder to live successfully with diabetes, making their dreams become a reality.
By Jaden B. from California MO.
Providing opportunities that encourage, educate and create positive outcomes in the lives of children, young people and families whose life long journey includes battling Type 1 diabetes.