TEEN TOPICS – WEEK #83: A new trend is making pump accessories for dolls and creating super hero characters with diabetes. Would that have helped you as a young kid? Would it have made a difference having a pretend character that you could identify with?

Annelies (age 15)
I think it’s a great idea to create more awareness and characters with diabetes, it gives younger kids someone they can relate to and identify with. I think it would’ve been great to have accessories for my dolls when I was first diagnosed, especially the American Girl dolls that can be just like you. I think it’s important for children to see that diabetes isn’t something to be ashamed of and is something you should embrace, as they are beginning to do in the media with things like these.

Andrew (age 15)
I think that anything that could potentially help younger kids cope with their diabetes is a great idea. I remember being diagnosed at 5 years old and the years to follow as a horrible experience, so anything that can help other children through what I experienced is a great idea.

Cameron (age 18)
It probably wouldn’t have made a difference to me personally, but I guarantee it would have for other kids. I wasn’t that into superheroes as a kid.

Caroline (age 15)
I think if I had been diagnosed at a younger age than I was then I would have totally appreciated a doll or super hero that had Type 1 like me. I think it is super important for younger Type 1 kids today to have that role model/doll/person they can look up to and say, “Wow I’m not the only one like me”. I struggled when I was first diagnosed because I was just bound and determined that I was the only one like me, that I was weird and different and that no one would ever like me again. I think if I had had a doll with diabetes or seen a super hero with diabetes, it would have helped me to realized earlier that I’m not the only one like me , and I can do whatever I put my mind to, even with Type 1.

Christina (age 15)
I was diagnosed when I was 13, so I don’t really know what it was like to not have a doll that I could identify with. However, I like that toy companies are now making diabetes supplies kits for their dolls, like American Girl did. I think it can never hurt to have some extra support even in the form of a doll or character. For little kids, I think this is a great way for them to learn how to accept a new diagnosis and not feel ashamed about having T1D.

Claire (age 18)
Considering I was diagnosed at age 7, it wouldn’t have helped me personally, however I can definitely see how it could help a younger child, and could even help comfort them. It definitely sounds like a good idea.

Erin (age 18)
I was diagnosed when I wasn’t really into dolls or other things you would associate with being younger since I was 10 almost 11, so basing of my diagnosis year don’t think it would have benefited me much.

Haley (age 14)
I think it would’ve been cool to have diabetic supplies for my American Girl dolls when I was little. I don’t know that it would’ve helped me, though. Maybe I would’ve felt better about t1 if I saw Captain America casually checking his bg off to the side?

Ian (age 15)
I believe that if it is necessary for a doll to be afflicted as well, there is a bigger problem: your diabetes is controlling you. I believe that if a child needs something to vent to, and that helps, then it could be beneficial, but in general, it is not good in my eyes.

Jon (age 16)
I think it really depends how old you are at diagnosis.  I was 7 when I was diagnosed so I don’t think it would have made a difference for me.  But for younger children, girls with dolls and super heroes for little boys is a great idea to help them relate and identify.

Jordan (age 19)
It wouldn’t have made a difference to me, personally. I don’t think superheroes can have diabetes because the ones with super healing abilities would just heal themselves, and the other ones wouldn’t be able to have prolonged battles without requiring some glucose.

Julia (age 15)
I don’t think it would have made much of a difference to have a doll with diabetes. I don’t feel like it would have been much of an encouragement for me.

Laura (age 18)
At 11, I wasn’t diagnosed that terribly young. I remember that I had a diabetic bear when I first went to the hospital, and I think it helped me feel a little better. I think the trend is a good idea, but I’m not sure it would have impacted me enough to make a huge difference.

Lexi (age 16)
Honestly that would definitely help with kids these days to teach them how their diabetes works. I remember at the hospital getting a Rupert bear with patches on him for where you can take your shots and check your sugar. It’s a great idea.

Maggie (age 17)
I think having pump peels would help me as a kid. I had an American girl doll and I would pretend my bears and dolls had diabetes by putting bracelets on them. I think it gives the child comfort.

McKenna (age 16)
When I was diagnosed I would have loved for a character to have diabetes. It would’ve been so cool for me because then I would have had something to relate to.

Skylyn (age 17)
I actually did have a teddy bear “with diabetes” and it had a medical alert bracelet on. I didn’t play with the teddy bear though. It just sat on a shelf. I think it’s a cute idea but I feel like it doesn’t really help children as being something they can identify with

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