Amber's story

Amber is 11 years old and lives in Somerset. Here she tells us about her experience of dealing with diabetes at school.

 

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Just after I started secondary school, I had an incident in my maths class because my teacher didn't know I had diabetes. During the lesson I had a 'hypo' when my blood glucose levels began to drop. I knew it was happening because my vision went blurry and my legs started shaking – the usual signs that I need to eat something sugary quickly to bring my levels back up.

I took out a cereal bar and started eating it but the teacher shouted at me and told me to get out of the classroom. It was very scary and I couldn't actually get up and leave because I was too weak.

Understanding diabetes

My mum took me out of school for three days until the teachers understood my condition and learnt how to deal with what can happen to me in my lessons. My school is really good now and the teachers know about my diabetes and how they can help me.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just over a year ago. I now have to be aware about what I eat and have to test my blood a few times a day to see how much glucose is in it. I also give myself insulin injections.

Raising awareness across the UK

I think it's really important to raise awareness about how pupils with diabetes are treated in schools. I would hate what happened to me to happen to another child. That’s why I went to Diabetes UK's children's lobby of Parliament on Tuesday 18 November 2008. I joined more than 200 other children and young people to ask politicians to improve the support for pupils at school with diabetes.

To find out more about the lobby, see our news story here.

Your comments

"This happened to me once. I was in a citizenship lesson and I starred to feel low, so I had some glucose tablets however the sugars didn't get into my system quick enough so I passed out. My teacher wasn't aware that I had diabetes."– Simran

"I think that you are really brave about what happened to you;It must have been terrifying. I am going to Secondary School in September and me,my parents and my Diabetes nurse are going to make sure that all my teachers know what to do in case I have a Hypo or Hyper.I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few weeks ago.I am starting to get use to it now!"– Lauren

"I had low blood suger once when we had gym class, i took some dextros i fellt fast better, a moments later we had to run 800 meters, after around 200 meters i fainted because of low blood suger. The teacher and all my classmates was really scared beacuse i was white as ghost in my face i dident respons to anything, but luckely my best friend did know what to do, so after like 5 minutes a woke up"– Emilia

"I had a hypo in my music lesson once, so i went up to tell the teacher. He had obviously not read my care plan (which he was supposed to) as he didn't know i was Diabetic. I told him i needed to go to the medical room because i was feeling hypo, and he said that kids these days always feel too ill for lessons!"– Jodie

"My first day at secondary school my music teacher shouted at me for eating and told me lunch was over. I told her I was diabetic but she didn't belive me so I showed her my medi alert."– Amy

"I'm Millie. I'm 5 years old. My mum read this to me two years ago. She said now I'm a bit older I can comment. You are my favourite story. I've had diabetes since I was one."– Mila

"Must have been really scary. I am 11 and one of my friends also has diabetes. We just started secondary school. I find it much easier that there are two of us because it makes explaining to people easier."– Maria

"I am 12 years old and have had diabetes for one year. You may not think it is long but I was amazed about how much you can learn in a year. Something like that happened at my school. All the teachers have now been informed and they all know the symptoms of hypos. Some even chose to do a first aid training course after it because they felt so bad."– Charlotte

"You shouldn't be shy and hide it let your whole class know make sure all your teachers know and be brave stand out in the crowd be different, be you!"– Hannah

"I am 13 years old and I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old. First, I used to think why I got diabetes but as I got used to it, I didn't let my diabetes take control of myself. I take four injections every day and I also sometimes get hypo but I take something sugary and everything is fine!

"Rememeber, you can't let diabetes control your life!"– Biso

"Wow that seems terrible. All my teachers know how to spot my hypos and so do I (I get shakey). I'm not keen on diabetes but I don't keep it a secret as it is me. Without diabetes, I wouldn't be me ;) :)"– Hollie

"I think people like me with diabetes do matter. We look after ourselves even more to make sure we are healthy and that we are not poorly."– Ava

"I am 12 and I've had diabetes for almost two years now and my bloods are really high. I know all the things it can do to me and I don't want it to happen to me but I don't eat a lot of sugary things, I do my injections and I do my bloods so I don't know why they are high?!

"When I'm at school, I rarely have hypos but when I do I can feel it because I get shaky, pale and feel really hot. I don't thinkallmy teachers know because when they see me looking pale they just say are you ok and I don't know if they know or not! I wish I never ever had diabetes. I wish I could go back in time and just not be diabetic and I hate it, yes, but I've got it for the rest of my life and nothing can change that. x"– Katie

"I am 14 and also have Type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed nearly four months ago and have had three hypos at school but no teachers have shouted at me for eating during class as all the staff in the school were informed that I was diabetic.

So as soon as you are diagnosed, let the school know as then they will understand when you are having a hypo. Then you won't have to explain to other people when you are having a hypo, even though your friends should just remind them if they forget. x "– Tasha

"My name is Romayne. I was diagnosed in January with Type 1 diabetes. I am 9 years old, I was in hospital for five days.

I find it quite scary at times and I get very frustrated at meal times because it makes me feel different to other people, especially at school. I like to play a lot of football and table tennis, so I have learnt how to control my diabetes whilst doing these activities. I get a lot of help at home and at school so it's not that bad, but I wish I didn't have diabetes."– Romayne

"Yeah, I know what you went though because I missed the frist two weeks of high school because I was really bad."– Jessica

"I was also in class and didn`t know I was having a hypo. It was scary and one of my friends recognised I was shaking and was feeling very dizzy. After it, I was given a sugary snack and felt much better."– Rebekah

"I am 14 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just over a year ago. I have also been told off for eating in class. Teachers don't always understand the importance of us snacking to keep us in a good healthy condition. I try to let the teachers know when I am having a hypo so they know why I am eating."– Olivia

"I am 11 as well but I don't have diabetes. It does run in my family though. My dad has it, my granddad, and my cousin. I do tend to eat a lot of sugary stuff and I am a chocoholic. But I also love to eat fruit and veg too like bananas, oranges, broccoli, and carrots. I am really scared of getting diabetes because I am scared of needles! It probably runs in my genes too and I am very scared if I do get diabetes."– Helen

"I haven't had diabetes for long, about two months now, but I've had the same experience and I know you'll know more about diabetes than I do but I know it can be scary with people not knowing about it and not being able to tell whats going to happen next. It's hard but you learn to live with it eventually. You have to I guess."–Holly

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