Naomi, an eighteen-year-old with type 1 diabetes, completed classes for her senior year of high school in January. She traveled for two months out of the country and then was asked to find a “placement” to learn more about a topic.
Since she loves music, her first thought was to work in a recording studio or at a record label. She also tried finding placements to learn more about dogs or childcare. When none of these panned out, her mother suggested she contact her local JDRF chapter, after all she has had diabetes for almost 16 years.
Naomi began volunteering two days a week. She says, “It was an amazing relief to know that not only did I have a placement, but I was working at a place where all the workers were familiar with what I have been dealing with my whole life and we were all reaching for the same goal.”
For her project she is focusing on care of diabetes for different aged PWD’s. She’s calling her project “Diabetes: a lifelong battle.”
She obviously already knows a lot about diabetes, but she enlisted two doctors to help answer medical questions.
And then she thought, “I may have my own aspects on HAVING diabetes, but why not try and gather other peoples views?”
She created a nine question survey to find out the views of people living with diabetes of different ages. She intends to use this basic information by dividing respondents into age groups and showing how intense it is for people with diabetes to take care of themselves. She will include the data she gathers, along with her own views, in a presentation that she will give in front of an evaluation team at school on June 1.
Let’s show Naomi how we rally around each other and spend a few minutes (it really is quick) to answer her short survey. Please do so by Sunday, May 30th.