I’ve touched the topic a couple of times now on making the life of a diabetic easier through more user-friendly blood glucose measuring tools. This isn’t just to make the life of a diabetes sufferer more comfortable, it goes deeper than that. Especially for children, suffering from diabetes is not only already very painful and unpleasant, it’s also a mental challenge as children often get bullied for being different.
Parents revealed in a survey that their children suffering type 1 diabetes are being bullied and excluded from social activities. Their kids are being called ‘fat’, ‘druggies’, ‘junkies’ and ‘weird’ for having this life-threatening disease and in the case of adolescent children they are being told that what happened to them is their own fault for eating to much.
Clearly children will always be bullied if you stand out in any way, but it’s especially the unawareness of others that makes the lives of these diabetic children more mentally scaring. 60% of the parents that were surveyed said that their children experience the most distress from being ‘seen as different’ on top of having to cope already with the stress of daily insulin injections and blood glucose monitoring through finger pricks.
Katherine, aged 7, for example is made to sit with other children instead of with her friends at lunch to get her insulin injections. She says this makes her feel alone. She can also eat during class to keep her blood sugar at level which the other kids don’t understand.
Or the 21 year old Shane, says he’s been mistreated as well at school. Ignorant teachers would lock away his medication which made him go into hypoglycaemic episodes.
It makes me so mad when I think about these children already suffering from their condition and then being stigmatised on top of that. They were born this way and can’t help it, but already at such a young age start their lives with so many troubles. No kid should have to suffer this.
Let me know what you think!
You can check out the article yourself via this link: Kids bullied for having type 1 diabetes.