I found the perfect young woman to write about. Her name is Mollie Singer (www.curemoll.com) 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 (www.jdrf.org) 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 (www.campadamfisher.com) 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.