Imagine being one of only two or three hundred people in the entire world with your diagnosis.
Being 13 is essentially the best of times and the worst of times. With all the changes, pressures, and emotions that come along with adolescence, the early teen years can be both incredibly fun and remarkably stressful, as anyone who’s been through middle school can attest. It’s a time when kids often feel that fitting in is of paramount importance, and standing out is only ok if it’s for a reason you want, such as being a great athlete, student, or performer. That makes having Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) a real challenge for tweens and teens, but, with some great role models and the right encouragement, having T1D in middle and high school can go from a guarded secret to an empowering motivator. That’s certainly what it’s done for teenager, Arizona native, and Lauren’s Hope customer, Haley, who, at 13, is already a staunch advocate and fundraising veteran in the quest to find a cure for T1D.