By kalie101 Latest Reply 2015-12-22 19:19:51 -0600
Started 2011-09-12 18:58:35 -0500

At school people make fun of me for haveing diabeties thwy just laugh and makes jokes about it. Im only 13 and dont know how to respond to that today they said that i was usless and that i had to stay away from them or they will catch diabetes :( i need some addvice plz

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Thefamilydiabetic 2015-12-22 19:19:51 -0600 Report

I know how you feel i was diagnosed with diabetes just a few months ago and have been picked on and Billied ever since i was once called (this was on social media) a fat pig and told to go die in a hole i cried for days after that but eventually i realized it was the other kids who are pigs and that if i could get though to them that not all diabetics are fat (I'm defiantly not if anything I've lost weight ) and hopefully they will understand. But my best advice would be to try and ignore them or confront them like i did (i had been bullied before due to my hair which is really frizzy) anyways best of luck and happy holidays

old biker
old biker 2012-06-13 19:43:54 -0500 Report

Hey Kalie you got some great advice here..Just remember to hold your head high, look them straight in the eye and you will see for yourself what little people they are..Don't let them see that they are getting to you..Find a teacher or guidance counselor you trust and talk to them..Hang in there don't give up and you will have the last laugh

northerngal 2012-04-28 13:24:55 -0500 Report

Kids that age can be very mean. Just explain to them that Diabetes is not something that can be passed by contact, like the flu. Tell them that an organ in your body just doesn't function properly, there is no known reason why that happens and that you are no different than they are. Learn as much as you can about it and you might be surprised how much kids want to know. Many of them probably know someone else or have relatives that are diabetic, so their experiences may be a little scary to them. The more you learn about it, the most CORRECT information you can relay to those who are interested. You haven't made it a secret, which is good. Use the toughness that you've needed to control your diabetes and keep your head up. You are at an age where everyone is maturing at different rates, so your body and everything is changing, so its tough enough without being diabetic. I was diagnosed at 10 years old, so I had to go through all the things you are. You'll need to be stubborn and hang out with decent kids and don't worry about the snipers and cruel kids. (They aren't worth the time anyway). Once you are older, most of this will seem silly, but I know that its important to you now. You'll do fine by finding your own interests and keeping yourself healthy.

JSJB 2012-04-28 03:06:23 -0500 Report

Kalie, there is nothing more I can say that has already been said. Just do not give up and some day those childred will realize how mean they can be. I would classify this as being bullied so maybe you can get help from a school counselor. Be strong

lisaloo2429 2011-12-12 11:25:09 -0600 Report

I'm sorry Kalie that kids can be so mean. It's easy to say don't worry about what other ppl say or think but just try. Take care of yourself sweetie, that's the most important thing. Your health is the most important thing. Take care and God bless.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-12-11 22:05:27 -0600 Report


I see that you have received a lot of great advice from your friends here on Diabetic Connect. I also wanted to encourage you to talk to your school counselor. They are trained to give advice anoffer support in situtions like this. If you feel that are being bullied in any way, then definitely please get in touch with a school counselor.

You are a very special person! Hang in there!

And stay in touch with us!


MCB+2 2011-12-11 00:30:38 -0600 Report

Hi, again, Kalie. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) website is, and the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) website is You can find information at both of these websites about being a student or child with diabetes. You can ask your parents to help you find a JDRF support group in your area, so you can meet with other kids who also have diabetes. Take care, you're amazing to reach out for help! :-)

MCB+2 2011-12-11 00:20:35 -0600 Report

Hi, Kalie. I hope you will be strong enough to not let it bother you, and ask for help from a grown up. Congrats on finding this discussion board to share your feelings with us and to ask for help. I was looking for information on DM2 last week and found the ADA website. Thar's the American Diabetes Association. You will find a lot of education information there and can share some of their brochures with your teachers and principal, or ask your parents to help you share some of the materials. I also found a link from the ADA to a program that raises money for PE equipment for schools by getting the students involved in Diabetes Education and fundraising. Perhaps you could find this program on the internet and ask your principal to help you organize a fundraiser for Diabetes and your schoolmates could earn money for the school to have new PE equipment at the same time. This would be an awesome way to educate your schoolmates and get them involved at the same time. I hope this is helpful. Good luck, Kalie!

TsalagiLenape 2011-12-10 06:57:17 -0600 Report

Well that is so sad that those people who think they are better than you are actually ignorant. So perhaps get a teacher counselor and maybe the school principal along with the nurse. Launch your own protest about Diabetes. Where you can share with them your knowledge. Where you have the backing of the school and thus maybe get a hold of the local newspaper where they'd do an article about your and follow that with an article on Diabetes. Sounds like there are ignorant wanna be people who dont know how to be a human being. Also have the principal contact their parents. This way the parents will find out what exactly their kids are up too. Hope this helps. Stay strong for one day those same people may need you. Hugs

sweetj 2011-12-09 12:47:47 -0600 Report

I agree, when people dont understand what diabeties are they tend to make fun, but diabeties is a very serious disease and even if you're not a diabetic you still need the education. I also agree that words can hurt and they do stay with you. At the same time we must forgive them for their ignorance.

Malden for short
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pixsidust 2011-12-09 12:22:41 -0600 Report

Talk to your teacher or have your parents talk to them about educating the class about what Diabetes is and is not. Maybe there is a movie they could show. Those rude kids need to be talked with directly and individually by the teacher or principal. Its too hard to ignore what you hear and how that makes you feel. Taking a proactive approach will help you to have confidence to deal with bullies in the years to come.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-09 20:09:04 -0600 Report

pixis I agree with you. However, talking to the teacher may not be too much help if he/she has no idea about diabetes or what diabetes is. I would suggest the parents and kalie sit down with the teacher and bring materials. Teachers, teachers aids, cafeteria workers and all adults working in the school should be educated about diabetes in order to help students with the disease.

Poppop1961 2011-12-09 20:52:10 -0600 Report

but most teachers have some training about Diabetes anymore. But the Parents need to get in on this with the School and have the health classes do a class on it and them have the kids do a report on Diabetes. Kalie, you seem very smart for your age and bullying is not a fun thing to go throughat your age. I wish you the best of luck with this. Please keep us posted on how it turns out. Lots of HUGS from all of us.

Caroltoo 2011-12-09 12:34:10 -0600 Report

I would agree…those hurtful comments stay with us even when we "know" they are untrue, unkind, unhelpful, etc. As adults even, most of us still have an occasional event which triggers recollection of unkind voices from our past and those from childhood and adolescent seem to be most powerful because we felt so powerless at that time in our life!

nzingha 2011-12-09 06:16:27 -0600 Report

my parents used to tell me..ignore ignorance because thats what they are..tell them go read a book! ask ur school to run a session on diabetes…they obviously need some educating. KMT (Kiss my Teeth!)

sloane 2011-12-08 19:26:05 -0600 Report

I have two sons with diabetes and I know that some kids are just cruel and ignorant. My boys always were up front about their diabetes and kids began to see it as cool that they gave themselves shots and were not afraid of blood. I can always let you talk to them too. Hang in there

second child
second child 2012-06-06 03:23:33 -0500 Report

my daughter is a type 1 diabete she is trying hard to adjust she was dabete at 17 yrs old im glad she have friend that keep her business and love her so much

2011-12-09 20:10:45 -0600 Report

Hey solane~~ was wondering. Now not knowing what the ages are of your 2 little great guys are, could you talk to the principal to see if your young men, would like to do a school assembly and have the rest of student body learn more about diabetes, from 2 who have the disease, they could learn from their own classmates who have this dreadful disease.

melissa5786 2011-09-18 13:09:43 -0500 Report

I think you need to nip this in the bud while you still can. Ignorance is all around us, but diabetes is NOT something you can change. You have it and these children need to be educated on it. I understand at 13 all you want to do is fit in with your peers and be just like everyone else. And you are. Having diabetes IS NOT a dysfunction. Bullies are everywhere and you may not want to be "the snitch" but this is about your health. Not just the diabetes, but your mental health as well. Being diabetic takes a toll on our emotional health sometimes and we don't need other people to point out something that we're all self conscious about at one time or another.

You're a strong person and at 13 you are dealing with something that a lot of those kids have probably never heard of. Just remember you are stronger, wiser and bigger than them. And you can conquer anything that is thrown in your path.

roshy 2011-09-18 12:36:40 -0500 Report

personaly i think this issue needs to be nipped in the butt straight away. Diabetes is hard enough without the ridicule of others who havent a clue. I think you need to talk to your teacher. Explain how your class mates are making you feel. Your class needs to have a better understanding of the condition and need to be a little more sensitive; would they pick on someone who was blind or in a wheelchair?? i dont think so. Talking to a counsellor would help a great deal iswell. I wish i did when i was younger, i think i would avoided alot of negative feelings such as anger and resentment if i talked to someone!

Best of luck kalie and please let us know how the problem resolves!!

Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-09-17 22:41:30 -0500 Report

Wow, i am impressed! Well done. It is never easy to endure ridicule, especially at your age. I know it's hard to be different, but medically different, tragic. I think that you have handled this situation with a maturity beyond your years. First you asked for advice and then followed through and came up with a solution you could live with, and found a way to educate others. Not many adults do as well as you have. I hope that my children handle things as well as you have! Kudos and lots of hugs.

squog master
squog master 2011-09-15 23:35:08 -0500 Report

Kalie, sorry to hear about the ignorance of your schoolmates. Maybe you can talk to your Guidance Counselor &/or School Nurse about having the subject of Diabetes discussed in an assembly or in Health Classes. I know that there is a list of people like pro atheletes, entertainers, etc. who have diabetes. Sorry I can't remember where I saw it but I'm sure if you google it you will find it. Then you can ask the ignorant people if these people are useless. Especially if you find someone on the list who they admire. Good Luck & stay strong!

Carol2x 2011-09-15 16:55:49 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about the ignorance in your school. They should have information there for all the diabetics and non-diabetics-because I am betting that you are not the only one there with it. It looks like the other kids need to learn about it as well.

MrsCDogg 2011-09-15 05:37:05 -0500 Report

Stay strong Kalie! Being made fun of is a horrible feeling. I had to put up with it for 12 years of school. I was the only fat red haired girl for the first 8 years and then I went to highschool and caught hell for the same reasons. Those people who are making fun of you are really insecure and using what they do to you to feel good about themselves and to fit in with a crowd. I have found that being picked on has made me a much better person as I've gotten older. If I see someone being bullied or picked on I will not stand for it. I will definitely say something. I'll be darned if I sit by and watch another little kid or person who has some disadvantage get picked on.
Hang in there! Sending love and support your way!!

robertoj 2011-09-15 03:58:26 -0500 Report

It can be very hard at 13. The other kids are insecure and are using you to fit in. You are at the age where you are just beginning to learn about yourself. It is easy to say that what they say doesn't matter but it really doesn't. You are not useless; in fact, your post indicates quite the opposite. You probably don't understand but try to keep in mind that they are sick and if they don't recover they are headed for a lot of pain and misery. The important thing is learning to live with diabetes. Odds are that if you stay connected to sites like this someone that tormented you will need your advice and you will give it. You can't be much more useful than that. God bless.

margokittycat 2011-09-14 16:32:49 -0500 Report

Dear Kalie, I know it is hard being 13 and a diabetic. I was diagnosised when I was 9. I use to have to leave class to go test my BS and eat my snacks. I was made fun of too and it was so hard.. I have to agree with realsis77, GO TELL THE TEACHER AND PRINCIPLE, if you aren't comfortable doing it then tell your parents to talk to the principle and teacher. I am not sure how your junior high works there if you have more than one teach most do but some don't. I would talk to the principle and have themdo a school assembly on diabetes and make them have educators of diabetes come in to talk to everyone. There i nothing wrong with you. There are many of Famous Atheletes, actors and actresses and singers with diabetes and they are not useless. I would be more than happy to come have a one on one with your school about the disease and talk to them. By the way I am currently 40 so I have lived with it for years. I was in cheerleading, Track, Gymnastics, Softball and Volleyball in school junior high and Highschool

rwdimmitt 2011-09-14 16:21:59 -0500 Report

hi kalie im just been diagnosed with type 1 but in school i was bullied mad fun of spit on told i was useless even got a couple of good thrashings just because i was different. but ill tell you a little somthing about myself in 2001 i joined the millitary and did a couple of tours over seas. and in those tours i was awarded the purple heart and the silver star for saving the lives of fellow soldiers and putting mine in herms way ask those men if i was useless. no one in this world is useless every one in this world is special and has a purpose. even if thay cant see it now. look at all the people that can see it and ignore those how can't

realsis77 2011-09-14 15:07:58 -0500 Report

Oooh sweetie that's terriable. My advice is going to be quite hard but listen, you must ignore them and you know in your heart diabetes is NOTHING to be ashamed of! We ALL have diabetes here on this site! If someone makes fun its because they are immature cruel and IGNORANT! Remember that! The people making fun of you are very STUPID people. Please remember that. They DON'T even know what they are talking about!! Kids can be soooo cruel and downright evil to others who are different! Honey,just do your best to ignore the comments because you KNOW the are NOT true! Soon when you get older you will see that those children were just bullies. And your diabetes won't matter AT ALL to people! :) please trust me on this ok? It WILL get better! I promise. These idiots keep on teasing you go tell the teacher or principal please. You should NOT have to deal with that and an ADULT teacher or principal or yard duty teacher SHOULD STOP IT! So promise to tell the teacher? Who cares what those kids think about you telling! Be strong! Stand up and tell the teacher! Don't EVER let those type of kids bring you down! EVER! Ok? Good luck and God bless! Remember don't give them power over you! Stop this now by telling a teacher ok? Stand strong! You can do it!

Type1Lou 2011-09-14 13:00:13 -0500 Report

I NEVER want to be 13 again! It's such a difficult age to get through even without the added burden of diabetes. There are many major-league athletes out there who have diabetes and perform very well. Are they "useless"? No, they've faced the challenge of their condition and are getting on with their lives. The kids saying these things about you are not only ignorant (diabetes is not a contagious disease), they probably couldn't tell you what they mean by saying a person with diabetes is "useless". If you can, try to be strong and ignore their mean and ignorant taunts…they aren't worth paying any attention to…and, if you don't react to them, they might lose interest and just go away. I know it's easier said than done and ignoring them doesn't mean it hurts any less. I wouldn't attempt to educate them either because that is responding to them. I'm giving you a virtual hug and wishing you the strength you need to get through this. You are not alone!

digitaldoorbell 2011-09-14 11:47:25 -0500 Report

It is very unfortunate that mean-spirited ignorant people are still able to hurt our feelings. What you have to see is that there are several people here already that have told you that you're important and that you matter. Hopefully you will consider these words too.

Can you have your parents and you meet with your school principal? The teacher needs to speak with these kids and, if necessary, their parents. If people are made fun of for other reasons, like race and gender, there are violating the law. These kids need to be told to stop. I'm afraid they don't unless they learn of a consequence for their inappropriate behavior.

Please write back and let us know how you're doing. Diabetes can be controlled. Evidently, their ignorance cannot.

All the best

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-14 10:15:53 -0500 Report

Hey, Kalie! I was a big boy back then till got to Junior High. I kow the terrible feeking of beingcalled names and poked at. Maybe your instructor can hold a session to talk to these "kids" to let them now about diabetes. Sometimes an education icludes more then just math, english, reading - it's knowing the truth and facts of life! On your side, would you like to be my friend? LOL, Grandpa Bill

Nana_anna 2011-09-14 10:14:28 -0500 Report

Hi Kalie, I am sorry to that you had to go through that. I don't like it when people act that way towards me either. I would be upset to. Maybe it would help you to find a counselor at school. Maybe they can help you find support with other children that have diabetes. I know kids can be mean these days. It's hard when they say mean things to. I hope you know you are not useless. You sound like a sweet girl. I hope you can find good friends who love you to. Friends are those who love and care about you. Be possitive, and be encouraged by good things surrounding you. God Bless You!

Chloedoll 2011-09-14 10:00:56 -0500 Report

Hi Kalie: I'm so sorry those ignorant people are making you unhappy. My beautiful 5-year-old granddaughter was just diagnosed with type I and she started kindergarten last week. I bought a book "Taking Diabetes to School" for her teacher to share with the class. Hopefully, they will understand her situation to some degree. Although this book was written for young children I know there are other books for teenagers. Perhaps an investment would benefit you and educate your classmates. Good luck sweetie.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-14 09:50:07 -0500 Report

Hi Kalie, And to think when I was in school the only thing we had to worry about catching from girls was cooties! I know this has to be tough on you. Although I am far out of my teen years, I remember it did not take much to be teased and tortured about anything that made you different. I know it is easier said than done, but try not to react to them. A reaction is what they want. If they taunt you with "Kalie has diabetes" just smile and say, "Yep!" Just remember through it all you have a bunch of people that care about you and that will be with you and stand beside you as long as you need us. Hold you chin up and know you are loved. Jim

MarkieMarkie 2011-09-14 09:20:28 -0500 Report

One more thing you might try is to Tom Swayer them… have you ever read Tom Swayer by Mark Twain? Well if you have you'd remember when Aunt Polly asked him to whitewash the fench and he didn't feel like doing it… so when his friends came by and they were making fun of him.. he said, "Don't bother me none, I enjoy whitewashig this ol' fench." Pretty soon, all of his buddies were whitewashing the fence and ol Tom was kicked back on his elbows with a straw in his mouth watching them work… you might try something like… hey it's cool to be "SPECIAL" like me… getting to test my blood everyday and keep a record of it and do all these special things that "NORMAL" kids don't get to do… they might just might want to know a little bit more about diabetes and why you are so SPECIAL… just a thought… this kind of worked for my daughter one day when I had her weeding the flower bed.. I looked outside only to find her drinking iced tea and about 4 little boys around your age, pulling the weeds. I think she Tom Swayered them!

Marytea 2011-09-14 09:17:48 -0500 Report

Do not give anyone control over how you feel about yourself. Stand strong and be proud. just continue to smile and be gracious to everyone. You are very special. I taught junior high for 32 years and know how cruel kids can be. You will find your place and leave them in the dust. Praying for you, young one.

nzingha 2011-09-13 23:12:39 -0500 Report

tell them to go educate their stupid selves.. read read read.. let them know people cant catch diabetes.Dont be afraid to tell people how ignorant they are and make no apology for your sickness.. be confident when u are telling them too and just walk away from the stupid lot!

PastorBob 2011-09-13 22:40:31 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry for this. I was picked on and teased for being different in school as well (other physical problems), I know how you feel, but you are a very special young lady! Hold your head up, ignore them, sing in the choir and be proud of who you are. Btw, NOBODY is useless! You are a precious person!

peachy60 2011-09-13 21:26:03 -0500 Report

I am sorry that they picked on you and were ugly to you. You are a special person. It is hard to do but, just walk away and ignore them. They aren't worth your time. They are also showing their ignorance. I sing in the church choir. I love to sing. I don't think I am the best at it, but I love it. I would advise you to try out for choir and sing that solo! I bet you have a pretty voice. Keep your chin up and keep on doing great.

kalie101 2011-09-13 19:59:29 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone fo the advise it really helped and today for some reason the choir teacher aske me to meet her in her class and she asked me if i sang and i said ya and shemade me sing a song and now she wants me to goin choir and sing a solo i told i would think about wat do u guys think should i take the offer also today i talked to my school coyncler about all the stuff thats been going on he said he would make an annoncment to the school

dIDYMUS 2011-09-17 22:58:56 -0500 Report

Sing in the choir for sure. I can't sing a bit, and I have always wished that I could. It is a God given gift. Lucky you for getting that wonderful gift.

PharmaTree 2011-09-14 13:14:11 -0500 Report

I think that you should join the choir and do your solo. What a wonderful opportunity for you. I am very proud of you for going to your school counselor. Hopefully when he makes an announcement not only will children learn about diabetes, but maybe you will find other people who have diabetes, and you can help support each other throughout the school year.

Nana_anna 2011-09-14 10:19:29 -0500 Report

This wonderful news! I hope you will have fun in the choir to. I loved that when I was in school to. I also did at church to. I loved singing. I am glad you talked with your counselor to. That is great!

MarkieMarkie 2011-09-14 09:07:51 -0500 Report

Take the offer so you won't look back one day and say I wish I had. I can tell you are a really cool kid and you brought back some memories for me… I was always the fat kid so I know what it is like to be picked on, but hey I had a voice from out of this world and I made the choir after that those persons who picked on me wanted to be my friend. Later in life I was offered an opportunity to sing at a large gathering to raise money for little children who had no shoes - a program called Walk With Pride… I sang a Barbra Striesand song and brought the house down. Cool beans, do what you do and be proud.

Love you and take care of yourself and remember ingnorance is bliss, it takes courage to stand up for yourself and be smart… you are smart and will do the right thing. those other kids just don't understand and when kids don't understand they pick on what they think is threatening… you are no threat… you are a decent human being and deserve the best. God bless you. Keep your chin up and let us know what you decide about choir.


MEGriff1950 2011-09-13 20:27:21 -0500 Report

Kalie congratulations on being asked to join choir :) and yes sing your heart out for them. I am envious when I tried to sing to my babies they only cried harder. You are blessed to have musical talent. When you sing your solo you may gain some new friends. I am glad too that you spoke with your counselor, somethimes it is hard to share problems with others. You are showing what a strong person you are.
What kind of songs do you like to sing? When I was in band I loved jazz though it was not popular with my peers.
Bless you Kalie,

RAYT721 2011-09-13 18:31:12 -0500 Report

Let me assure you that it's not just young people who lack understanding of diabetes … there are plenty of adults that do and say some pretty darn stupid and insensitive things. You can't change other people but it sounds like you're better off staying away from them for reasons other than diabetes. I would prefer to hang out with people who accept me as I am and take the time and interest in me as a person. Those you are talking about are not worth your energy. Yes, it hurts to be an outcast but it's much worse to hang out with morons. Keep your head up. You can go a lot further in life when you don't have stupid people holding you back.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-13 17:21:45 -0500 Report

Kalie, you have been in my thoughts and prayers all day. I hope you come back and let us know how you feel. I have a little story about ignorant people.
About 12 years ago my ex boyfriend bought an old used wooden boat, outboard. It was very ugly and embarrassed me but I did not let on to him. On day we were out joy ridding in it top speed maybe 20 mph. Boats kept going by laughing pointing, some would go around us in circles. The taunts were from adults? this continued for some time. One boat especially kept going by, it was nice, fast big and beautiful. Guess what that big beautiful boat stopped running. The current was taking it swiftly to to dam. The other taunters with strong boats just went by like they did not see the distress. We got to that boat as quickly as we could, which was not fast mind you but got there. I threw a tow rope to them. We all prayed that our poor boat could get them to safety. Slowly but surely we made it upstream and back to the boat launch. The people on the boat offered us money, of course we turned that down and said please help someone out who is in trouble. They were shocked that none of the other strong boats would aide them.
There is an expression "What goes around comes around."
Kalie we care,
God be with you,

berrykins0 2011-09-13 16:39:46 -0500 Report

your not alone alot of people get picked on . your best bet is to walk way and don't answer them. i feel as if it makes it worse when you answer them cause that's exactally what they want you to do. and they know that your getting upset like they want you to so they can have there fun.sorry to hear your being pick on for something that you can't help that is happening to your body.diabetes type 1 is a automunne diease. its the automunne system attacking you pancreas . thats why it doesn't work properly. don't feel bad its not your fault. i hope this helps you out.

grandmaducky 2011-09-13 15:29:59 -0500 Report

you are not useless kids are so cruel at your age they are afaid that they could have something wrong with themselves so they torrement you just know that you are going to be okay and remember they are not your friends because a true friend wouldn't do what they are doing so you don't need them anyway try and find people you have something in common with music, bands , books hobby and try to hang on to your humor dealing with this problem hugs to you

PharmaTree 2011-09-13 15:00:20 -0500 Report

Hi Kalie,
I hope that you had a better day today. I have a twin brother who had learning disabilities, and growing up kids always made fun of him. It was really hard to see him be teased and feel low about himself, but he grew up and got over it. He is now an ex Navy Seal and ready to defend our country and kick butt! Please know that even though the things that your peers say may be hurtful, that they are not a product of reality. You are doing great! The fact that you can come here and express your feelings and share your story shows how wonderful, mature and beautiful you are! Lots of love to you! XOXOXOXOXO

Doryian 2011-09-13 11:49:05 -0500 Report

I agree with MEGr­iff1­950. Education is the kryptonite to ignorance. A school program might be very helpful. Please, do talk to your guidance councilor. I'm sorry people are so cruel. Surround yourself with a good support group of friends who understand and who will comfort you when you run into "those" people. And then - I know it's very hard - try to ignore "those" people. Some people won't "hear" it even if you beat them over the head with education…

FLDawn 2011-09-13 10:38:26 -0500 Report

Honey, sadly…there are cruel and ignorant people in this world. I have an Uncle who is 3 years older than me. We are very old now. I remember when he was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. He has it very bad and would have to take shots and test his blood during the school day. It was the same back then with cruelty. IF people listen, maybe you can educate them as to what diabetes IS…if not maybe they can help in the school and have a talk with the students to teach them. NO ONE is perfect and NO ONE has the right to make fun of someone else. Hugs hon, I wish I had something profound to tell you but whether it is weight, the color of your hair or whatever…there is always an ignorant person out there somewhere who will find fault with it. I saw on TV one day where red headed students are tormented to the point of not wanting to go to school and the cruelty DONE to them. How stupid is that huh? Little girl…it is a hard time for you anyway at your age I know…be strong OK? Someday you will look back at those who did it to you and laugh at them. YOU will be someone and if they don't learn how to be open-minded then they will be LOSERS. Picture this…you reach your goal in life and they…well they are still ignorant.

TsalagiLenape 2011-09-13 08:24:15 -0500 Report

Just tell them if they are so smart and etc why do they think Diabetes is contagious? Its a disease but the not spreadable kind. Just tell them one day you will remember what you did and realize how small stupid and thoughtless you really are. I feel sorry for your lack of intelligence for its no small thing. Its so apparent that its amazing you are in school let alone having a brain that thinks. LOL Just know in ten years after school a lot of these same people will not matter. Just focus on yourself, your health and your education. For one day these same people may just need your help. Hugs

Harlen 2011-09-13 08:16:11 -0500 Report

Just look at then and sey I am so sorry that you dont like your self so much that it makes you feel good to put sonone ells down and sey it with feeling for it is so sad that others are that way ?
There is nothing rong with you !!!!
Best wishes

flipmom 2011-09-12 21:11:34 -0500 Report

children can be really mean sometimes and even adults… i know that every child wants to fit in but why? when you can stand out!! be proud of yourself… all who matters dont mind and those who mind dont matter!!!enjoy yourself kiddo!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-12 20:47:21 -0500 Report

Oh Kalie I am so very sorry to hear that. Children can be so cruel. Adults and children often laugh at and make fun of people with problems because they do not understand. Their ignorance of the subject makes them uncomfortable so they act in an inappropriate way.
I am 60 years old so I cannot even begin to guess what it is like in school these days. If my advice is way out in left field I am sorry. Talking to your school counselor about possibly having some kind of diabetes program shown at school so that your peers might understand more. I would hope that it could be done in more then 2 weeks so fingers do not get pointed at you.
It hurts to be singled out as an object of ridicule. If you look at some of the new statistics many of those pointed and laughing will soon be in the same boat with you. It is tough but remember you have people here who care about you and your pain.
God be with you Kalie,

riquelskyy 2011-09-12 20:36:35 -0500 Report

Hey don't listen to them. I know it's easier said then done. You know that diabetes is just a disease and your just taking extra care for yourself so that you'll live longer. All that matters is that you know that its not contagious and that your mature enough not to respond to remarks that other people say. Hope I helped. =)


PaulZ 2011-09-14 22:33:17 -0500 Report

your health is number one. Friends will understand. The ones that complain the most are the most scared. I don't know where they teach health class on your campus,the phys ed teaches did it when I was there. Ask for Diabetes to be incldued. or have your parents ask. OR if you feel so inspired, Ask for permission to post posters of awarenes in the hallways or cfeteria. Best of luck. Rducate the ones you can. ignorence is temporary. Stupid is forever!!