The Diabetic Angels were founded in 1998 when young Mollie was faced with a challenging situation, one that seriously impacted all of our lives. As we learned, was an experienced that eventually all diabetics encounter...discrimination. Ultimately, this demoralizing incident became a blessing in disguise and resulted in the formation of a special group that raises funds and provides education and support for diabetics, their families, and friends, we are…The Diabetic Angels!
As Mollie and Jackie remember...
at the age of 10, we were having the time of our lives. We enjoyed school, had a great group of friends, and were becoming increasingly more involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, life was great…until we found out the hard way that diabetes is painful in more ways than one. The incident to which we are referring began when we had been invited to a friend's 10th birthday party. Ecstatic, we ran home to tell mom and for the rest of the night, going to the party was all we thought about.
The next day, our friends and the two of us excitedly talked about all the fun things we were going to do at the party. As usual, we sat with our friends, together at the same table. We started eating and there was a lull in the conversation. However, the silence didn't last long because the birthday girl took advantage of our full mouths to make an announcement. The birthday girl looked across the table at us and matter-of-factly said, "Oh, by the way, I have to uninvite you to my birthday party Mollie…my mom said Diabetics are a hassle…but Jackie you can still come!" We were stunned and couldn't talk, but worse Mollie was humiliated and in tears, there was nowhere to hide, no where to run. I, Jackie, did my best to console Mollie, but no amount of comforting was going to ease the pain.
Somehow, we made it through the rest of the day. We tried smiling and did our best to put up a brave front, but it didn't last long and when we got in mom's car the two of us just started sobbing. My heart broke for my sister, I felt so helpless, and it was obvious that at this time, nothing I said or did would undo the damage. Mom looked at us and instead of driving off, pulled the car over and seeing how devastated we were, made us tell her why we were crying. As I explained I could see the pain in mom's eyes; it was the same way I felt, angry and powerless, and above all unable to protect Mollie. However, mom wasn't helpless, and immediately helped us begin to correct the injustice.
First, mom contacted the parents of this child and explained to them that she understood they had the right to invite anyone they wanted to their child's birthday party, but to tell one child, and in particular, Mollie, that she was a hassle because she was a diabetic, was way out of line. Mom went on to explain why Mollie was not a hassle, as she was a well managed diabetic, who knew exactly how to take care of herself. Furthermore, her twin sister also knew how to help Mollie and was more then capable of handling almost any situation, which she had done on more then one occasion. Our friend's mother agreed that she didn't know about diabetes, admitting that she had made a mistake and didn't mean to hurt our feelings.
Since the first meeting in 1998, our lives have changed dramatically. The "Diabetic Angels" have spread to 6 continents and have had a positive impact on all who suffer with diabetes, their families, and their friends. Today, we are proud to say that our mission to cure diabetes and teach others about the importance of diabetes awareness, advocacy, education and fundraising is succeeding! And so as the Diabetic Angels move forward, we leave you with the meaningful thoughts of our heroes, people who have inspired us and hopefully will also inspire you. We couldn't agree on just one quote so I, Jackie, have selected a quote from Mother Theresa, who once said, "There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through the sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together." This is true for us and our friends, both old and new…and I, Mollie, have chosen a quote from Albert Schweitzer, whose words taught us that if we, "Do something wonderful, people may imitate it!" We have spent many years imitating the good deeds of people we love and respect and it is our dream not only to cure diabetes, but also that the "Diabetic Angels" become a rippling effect of kindness and giving that spreads around the world.
Last updated by Founders of the Diabetic Angels Feb 15.