(WCSH) – 13-year-old Morgan Larochelle recently found out she has type one diabetes.
“I didn’t do this to myself and there’s no way that I could have prevented it,” says Larochelle.
According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age in people of every race, shape and size. Even the healthiest person, like an athletic 13-year-old girl can develop Type 1 diabetes.
A life with Type 1 diabetes is controlled by numbers. Without closely monitoring her sugars, Morgan could face serious health consequences.
Larochelle warns, “You can have a seizure, you can have a coma, or your sugars can be all over the place and you feel awful.”
In Morgan’s experience, a lot of people aren’t educated about the severity of Type 1 diabetes, and it has led to bullying.
Morgan says, “People will come up to me and say, you have diabetes, and then they laugh at me.”
And public embarrassment.
Morgan’s mom says, “This waitress was I think was very shocked that she was pricking her finger, I don’t know if it was the sight of the blood or because it was in a restaurant and she said, you can’t do that, she can’t do that.”
Now, Morgan is doing her best to inform the people around her.
“Don’t joke about this,” says Morgan. “It’s not a funny thing to joke about.”
In addition to educating her friends and classmates about Type 1 diabetes, Morgan hopes to share her story with the entire school through a speech contest.
“This is the story of my diagnosis and yes I’m terrified that one day I may fall into a comma,” says Morgan, “but I can’t let that fear stop me from living my best life and I won’t let it stop me.”
The first draft of Morgan’s speech is already complete, and if she’s selected, she would read it in front of the entire school at the end of the year.