This Week's Teen Flaunt: Michael Isn't Defined By His Diabetes

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 2.21.52 PMDespite seeming healthy to the outside eye, Michael Rosenberg was diagnosed with type-one diabetes at the end of his sophomore year of high school. In this week's Teen Flaunt essay, the 17-year-old reflects on what this experience has meant to him. And most importantly, he shares how he is more than his chronic disease.

Michael writes:

While I avoid talking about my condition unless someone else brings it up, I am not ashamed of my diabetes in any way. I will proudly tell people about what I have and try to educate them about it if they ask, but I refuse to let that be my defining attribute. I often understate the importance of my disease to my friends, because I don’t want it to be the only thing talked about, and I do not want to be defined as “that diabetic kid."

Despite not wanting to be defined by his diabetes, he also knows it's a major part of his life and everything he does. This has been frustrating at times, but he understands the importance of making sure to take good care of himself. He explains:

While I continue to hope for a cure for diabetes in my lifetime, diabetes will always be a part of me. While I refuse to let diabetes define who I am or what I can do, I will never ignore or deny its importance in my life.

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P.S. Did you know there’s a health, well-being, and life skills magazine for teens that features inspiring stories every month? Learn more about Choices here, and check out our past pieces about Eric, who is getting healthy, and Angela, who’s a foster kid.