{YouTube Tuesday} Bullying

by Leighann on September 18, 2012

I don’t think my daughter has experienced any bullying in terms of her type 1 diabetes…yet.

There was a child last year who claimed that she, too, has diabetes and was going to die very soon. This child was a definite attention seeker. She also said that you get diabetes from “laying on the couch like this (she demonstrated) and eating like this (she pretended to shovel food in her mouth).”

I asked the teacher if I should come in and talk with the class about diabetes. She said that in her experience it would draw more attention to the issue and that she would like to start with talking one-on-one with this child. The issue was resolved.

Many of the children at school have always known Q with diabetes and have seen her testing her blood sugar and getting insulin. It’s just part of who she is.

Has your child experienced bullying related to diabetes? How did you handle it?

Here’s a great video from Diabetes UK about bullying:

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa Ballard September 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

My son has had D for almost 5 years. The kids in elementary school were in awe at how he gave himself shots and wasn’t even scared about it.

This is now his 2nd year of junior high. I just found out that about a year ago, someone saw him giving himself a shot, and called him a “druggie”. The kid didn’t know my son at all, and probably doesn’t remember him. But my son knows exactly who he is by face, and will never forget it. Although, he wears a pump now, and no one sees him giving himself a shot.

For other D-moms out there… I think just knowing about this may help. We used to play the “what if…” game. It goes something like this…

“What would you do if a kid saw you giving yourself a shot, and thought you were using drugs, and called you a druggie?”

Your child thinks about how to respond ahead of time, and you can talk about it in the comfort of your own home. You may hear, “I’d punch him in the face” or “I don’t know”


2 Amanda September 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm

No bullying for us so far. My daughter is 8 and in 3rd grade now, she’s had D since the beginning of Kindergarten. We’re in a small town too which I think kind of helps, all of her friends and classmates have seen her poke her finger a million times, she’s got her pump on the 2nd to last day of Kindergarten. Most of her friends think it’s just normal, the boys think it’s cool, her own little brother thinks she’s a cyborg (he’s 5).

We play the “what if” game too, but in a different way. There is a boy in town who has….tubes in his ears? or something, anyways, his hair is cut very short and he looks like he has 2 sites in his head, near his ears, with tubes going in. Kortnie said once to me that she thought that was weird, I asked her how she would feel if someone said her pump/site/tube was weird, would she feel good about that, she said no, so I told her she shouldn’t call other kids weird. I think it also helps, that they have an aunt with one leg who’s been in a wheelchair all of their lives. They know people are different and most of the time to them, people are people, they are who they are, and their “different-ness” doesn’t phase them.


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