Sparks of Creativity with T1D
Guest blogger, Kim Cooper, shares how she uses her creativity to cope with type 1 diabetes (T1D).
I was diagnosed with T1D at the age of nine. It came as a complete shock to myself and my family. From that point, my entire life changed. Suddenly I had to deal with new routines, health-professionals, and taking insulin injections. It was a really scary and tumultuous time. But there were a few things that helped me cope with diabetes, including my writing and drawing skills.
After I was diagnosed, I created a character named Bobby who has T1D, too. So whenever I was going through something difficult or confusing related to diabetes, I would imagine what Bobby was thinking. Then I started writing stories about him and I eventually put together a kids booklet of activities about Bobby living with diabetes. I partnered with a pharmaceutical company and a hospital to print the booklets and distribute them at hospitals and clinics.
Years later, I was still writing stories about Bobby. I was also volunteering at a hospital. One day I used a puppet to interact with the kids. I noticed how positively the kids reacted to this puppet and at that moment, I decided that Bobby was going to come to life.
So I searched online and found Chensational Puppets. I contacted Kanja Chen, who is an extremely talented puppetmaker, and he helped bring Bobby to life in puppet form. There’s never a dull moment with Bobby around! That’s why I continue to write stories and make videos about Bobby living with diabetes. It’s just one way I can use my creativity to cope with diabetes. It’s super fun!
What do you think of Kim and Bobby? Do you use your creativity to help you or a family member cope with diabetes? Or do you find other ways to cope with diabetes? Comment below and tell us.
Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.