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Love Being a Diabetic

14 November 2017

November is the World Diabetes Awareness Month! On November 14, the World Diabetes Day takes place annually to mark the birthday of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting. In an attempt to raise awareness about diabetes at our school, HHHS Nursing Department shares the letter of our Type One Diabetic heroine, Mira Yamani, who has decided to courageously confront her community by writing the following letter and posting it on the school website in order to transmit the power and courage she has gained among all the readers.
“I am Mira Yamani, a 12th grader at HHHS. I was diagnosed with diabetes at an early age; I was asked a lot about the reason for injecting myself with insulin. I don’t like people to consider diabetics as “disabled” or “retarded.” During my journey, my mom was very supportive since she realized that she couldn’t change the fact of me being diabetic, but she can change how she lets diabetes influence my life. Due to her support, I realized that I’ve become stronger than before just because I am diabetic! This year, I will be graduating from the high school with a degree that would reflect my progress not only on the academic level but also on the social one. Towards the end, I would like to tell you that Illness doesn’t define you, but your strength and power does.”
Hope this inspiring letter touches all people who would underestimate the potentials of diabetics and start viewing them as normal people just as Mira does. Since the cure starts with awareness, educational handouts were distributed to high and middle school diabetic learners who wrote their wishes and pieces of advice for others.

Ohoud afara
Middle and Secondary school registered nurse