An increasing number of Canadians are hearing the word “diabetes’ from their docs. What could be more devastating for parents when they hear that their child is the one suffering from the condition? It comes almost like a dagger when diagnosis of diabetes is found to be in kids.
Type-1 diabetes is a menacing disease that will turn life upside down for a kid who unexpectedly has to live a life of regular blood-sugar supervision, following a strict diet and also has to rely on insulin, in order to stay alive.
It is not only the child with the condition who has to suffer, but also the peers, with curiosity in their minds that how does injecting insulin make body feel and that what would happen to a friend or mate they know suffering from the disease.
Sharla Walker, a 16-year-old Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Grade 10 student, knows almost everything about life as a Type 1 diabetes patient. She was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 10 but has not let diabetes stop her from living life the way she wants to.
Being passionate about spreading awareness about the disease amongst fellow mates and public, she is also the youth ambassador for one of the associations that work for the betterment of one’s living with the condition.
Submitted by Olivia Conroy