I found the perfect young woman to write about. Her name is Mollie Singer ( and she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 4 years old. She is the perfect role model and I’ve written a query to Seventeen magazine in hopes that they will let me write a story about her. Mollie is a beautiful young woman who sings and plays guitar with her twin sister Jackie. They live in Las Vegas and Mollie has just returned from Washington, DC where she was presented with the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for outstanding community service. She’s raised all kinds of money for JDRF ( and testified before congress…the list goes on and on. In reading her blog, I couldn’t stop thinking, why not me? What was I doing when I was her age? I was drinking, going out with my friends, trying to act like I was just like everyone else and in doing that, I was nobody special.

I want to write about people like Mollie Singer to build up my “platform” for my book. I want to talk to teenagers so I can hear their stories. I will go to the local diabetes camp this summer ( and talk to as many teenagers as I can about living with diabetes, what stories do they want to hear, to tell?

If Seventeen magazine doesn’t accept my query, someone will, this girl rocks. This is the kind of girl that young women diagnosed with diabetes need to see on the cover of Diabetes Forecast, or doing the commercials for blood testing machines, not Patti LaBelle.

2 thoughts on “Platform

  1. If it makes you feel any better, I was doing the same thing- trying to be as “normal” as possible.
    Yes, yes! better (TYPE 1!) diabetes role models in person, print, and commercials. Good luck with your query.

  2. If you are looking for teens to interview, you should check out my old website, It’s owned and operated by dLife now, but I started it in 2006 when I was 20-years-old. I also hosted the chat program Teen Talk on the old website Diabetes Portal. My blog is if you ever need any ideas on writing about teens with diabetes. Cheers!

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