In my platform building class with Christina Katz I am thinking about how to reach my target audience. I want to write an article for Seventeen magazine about how to tell your friends about your chronic disease. I remember this being an issue for me in high school. “I’m diabetic” or, “I have diabetes” I didn’t like the sound. I didn’t like walking to the dining room by myself for breakfast because none of my girlfriends ate breakfast. I didn’t like having to worry about what we’d have for dinner because it was almost 9pm on a Saturday night and no one else was thinking about food.
I imagine these issues are still relevant for young women with diabetes today, but I don’t know any teenagers. I spent a few hours this morning calling the different diabetes centers in our local hospitals and trying to convince the “Diabetes Educator” to let me talk to a support group. Confidentiality keeps getting in my way. They’ve agreed to let me drive over with a flier for them to hand out to their teenaged patients. What can I write on the flier so I know they’ll call? How can I get a hold of these kids? I want o ask them questions and find out how much has changed since I was their age. Since my memoir is aimed at them, I want to make sure they’ll buy the book.