Student Spotlight: Emmabella
IHi! I’m Emmabella. I am 11 years old, and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five, when I was in kindergarten. I was tired, weak, extremely thirsty and hungry, and I just wasn’t feeling like myself. My parents took me to my doctor. She took my blood sugar, and it was over 800! Normal blood glucose is between 80 and 100. I then discovered I had type 1 diabetes. My life would never be the same. I had to start pricking my fingers to test my blood sugar at least 10 times a day. My parents started giving me shots every time I ate, which means four to six shots every single day! It was really hard for me to go through this when I was only five. I didn’t understand what was happening to me.
It’s been seven years and I am now used to my daily routine with this disease. Even though it is very challenging for me, I don’t let it stop me from doing the things I love. I play soccer and tennis, swim, and volunteer at my church. I enjoy writing short stories and drawing. I also maintain a 4.0 GPA in my middle school.
I have always been very open with my diabetes and have found my peers to be very supportive. When we heard about the Kids Walk Program, we thought it would be the perfect way to educate the kids at my school and raise money for JDRF. I have participated in four Kids Walks—two at my previous elementary school, one at my sister’s preschool, and one at my middle school. Every time we do a Walk, I get up and speak to the kids and educate them about type 1 diabetes. I show them a video that I created and answer any questions they have for me. The event is always a huge success! The first year we raised $5,000 through the Kids Walk Program!
My family and I are dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. My team, Emmabella’s Believers, has raised $100,000 for JDRF in the last seven years. We believe I will be cured one day, along with the millions of children and adults living with type 1 diabetes. Until then, we will continue to do everything we can to bring about awareness, and raise money for research. I hope that you will join me and participate in the Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes!