Student Spotlight: Violet
I’m Violet and I am nine years old. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on January 19, 2009. At the time, I was in kindergarten. I was very tired and grouchy. I cried a lot, and my mom knew something wasn’t right. My parents took me to Children’s Hospital in Boston, and they told us I had T1D. I was in the hospital for a week to get better and to learn how to take care of T1D. It was hard to take shots every time I ate, so sometimes I told my mom that I wasn’t hungry. That wasn’t a good choice! Soon I got an insulin pump and started to check my blood sugar by myself. I felt much better, but it was still hard knowing that I was different than everyone else at school. Everyone asked me questions all the time, and I didn’t like to answer them. My mom had a great idea to educate all the kids in school. She contacted JDRF, and we decided to do a Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes at my school.
On kick-off day, my mom and I talked to all the students about T1D. She explained what it is, and I told them how I feel about it. I showed them how to check blood sugar and how my insulin pump delivers my insulin. It was really cool, because they were all interested in me. Then we had a Walk at the school, and all my classmates walked with me. It made me feel special that everyone would help to find a cure for my disease, and I felt better that everyone knew more about T1D. That first year, my school raised more than $3,000 to help kids like me!
Now T1D is part of my life. I am a regular kid—just with a little extra work. I like pizza and popsicles. I am on the swim team, and I want to run track. I can do everything my friends can do, with a little more planning. My family created a Walk team called “Sweet Violets,” and they walk with me each year to raise money for T1D research. We are planning another Kids Walk at my school this year. I hope that this year you will join me in helping to find a cure for T1D.