Who She Is

by Leighann on January 7, 2010

I tend not to idolize people that my daughter sees on TV. I can happily say that she hasn’t been asking for $200 Hannah Montana concert tickets.

She is so happy to meet other diabetic children, that when we see someone who is diabetic on TV, I tend to point it out, though usually matter-of-factly.

The other night she came to my room as I was flipping through channels. A feature about the Jonas Brothers was on E! and we happened to catch the segment where the family talked about Nick’s diagnosis. Though they only spent a few minutes on the topic, my daughter’s ears perked up. I reminded her that he wears the same exact pump that she does, which thrilled her.

It’s not that I want her to idolize him, but perhaps he can be a positive role model.

Not just for her.

But for all of her peers who may watch one of his videos and see that he is diabetic.

If the Nick Jonas is diabetic, then perhaps children won’t see my daughter as being somehow deficient.

When I pulled up his new video for the song Who I Am, my daughter fell to the floor, laying there lifeless.

I said, “Are you okay down there?”

She replied, “I saw Nick Jonas and fainted.”

Where in the heck do girls learn these things? She was only acting, perfectly fine.

As we watched the video she had me read the cards that each person held. Half way through as Nick flipped a card over, I said, “diabetic!” but then got choked up and had a hard time calling out the rest.

Why does that happen to me? I wonder if other d-moms teared up as they watched this video.

I don’t know if I cry from sadness or from optimism.

Or maybe that someday someone will love her for who she is.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel January 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

WOW!!! This is the first time that I heard that song. I must say that my reaction was similar to yours. I mean how perfect is this song for our kids?

I’m not sure that Tristan knows who Nick Jonas is but I will make sure that he watches this video today. I think that it’s perfect and that he does deserve to be loved for who he is….. diabetes should affect that!

Thank you for posting that and introducing me to this song. It does however make me feel old! LOL 🙂


2 leighann January 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I know, lol! Makes me feel old too. I’m old enough to be HIS mother!


3 Mike January 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

Adele says Nick is her future husband. She has such a HUGE crush on him. He is a good role model though. Hopefully, he’ll stay that way. I’m going to show her that video tonight, I don’t think she’s ever seen it (or realizes what it really means).

thnx for sharing…



4 leighann January 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

That’s so funny! I am not sure if my daughter has a crush, but I just had to laugh when Q pretended to faint.


5 daena April 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hi there 🙂 I came across your blog through your Diabetes 365 photos. My youth pastor showed this video clip during one of his sermons. At that time, I was battling with a lot of anxiety and rebelling against all things diabetes (I have Type 2, but I am only 22 years old) and when that scene you described of Nick Jonas flipping his card to reveal the words “Diabetic”, I cried. I’ve never felt normal after diagnosis and for a while, I resented the testing, logging and visits to the doctor. I’ve never felt that I can be loved despite my insane pancreas and endocrine system. Thank you for writing this and reminding me of this song – maybe someone can love me for who I am too. 🙂


6 Leighann April 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Daena- Definitely!

Have you read the blogs Six Until Me and Lemonade Life? I think you will be inspired by these young women who have diabetes, but don’t let it hold them back. Kerri of Six Until Me had a baby just the other day and Allison of Lemonade Life moved to New York City!


7 daena April 19, 2010 at 5:24 am

I found Six Until Me when I was first diagnosed three years ago but stopped reading it for awhile last year. I recently started reading it again and it’s an amazing blog. One of my favs. 🙂


8 Christine January 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

Cried the first time I saw this video, and cry every time I see this video. My LuLu, 6, adores Nick Jonas for the whole Type 1 connection. We were fortunate enough to meet him in person, and he truly understands what it means to be a role model for all of these beautiful children of ours. He saw LuLu’s Omnipod on her arm and he showed her where he was wearing his. He also asked her about when she was diagnosed. Not just asked her, but got down on his knee to talk to her at eye-level–one Type 1 to another. It was a really sweet moment. He reminded her to follow her dreams and to not let anything stop her. We watch this video together every once-in-a-while when we both feel the need for inspiration.


9 Kimberly January 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

Ditto to Christine ( Lily and Lulu went to meet together actually). If you google some of his interviews about diabetes, he is such a positive role model! He is very encouraging and I absolutely love hearing him talk about his diagnosis and where he is now!


10 Tammy January 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thanks for posting this. I also got overwhelmed by this video. I think it comes from optimism and hope for my son and daughter with type one. I want them to be loved and know they have great purpose in this world and that they can do great things in spite of Diabetes. Your daughter is a joy and I really enjoy your blog. Thank you =)


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