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Diabetes Doesn't Deter Determined Senior

January 15, 2013
Irvington High School



By: Rasheedah Byrd

On April15, 2008 Irvington High School (IHS) senior Na’imah Spells discovered she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

“At first it came as a shock to me, and at times I felt like giving up. I cried at least a minute, and then did what I had to do,” Na’imah stated firmly.

Diabetes is a condition where the body either does not produce enough, or does not properly respond to insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas. Insulin enables cells to absorb glucose in order to transform it into energy.

Na’imah was never the one to use this illness as a crutch and does not consider her diabetes a weakness at all.

“Diabetes is definitely a strength for me,” Na’imah states, “I have to go through a lot more than other people do. As a result it has strengthened me emotionally, physically and mentally.”

Physically strong is right. Being captain of the volleyball team and being a track & field shot-put participant ensures that Na’imah is in shape. Working out five days a week and maintaining a 3.9 GPA is definitely her way of living. Many students of IHS can learn a thing or two from her.

“I always see the glass as half full,” Na’imah says cheerfully. “You should always be optimistic. When you think negative thoughts you get negative results and vice versa.”

. According to Medical News today, “Diabetes Type 1 is when the body is not producing insulin, while in Diabetes Type 2, the cells are not responding properly to the insulin, and/or there is not enough insulin being produced.”

Often time, many people receive and share false information about what Diabetes is and how an individual can actually receive it. Being a diabetic herself, one can understand why false truths may grind Na’imah’s gears.

“It depends. Sometimes I get upset, and other times I give them the CORRECT information,” Na’imah quips. “I can’t really get too upset; a lot of people go off of what they hear without really checking the facts.”

Everything Ms. Spells does is done with poise, excellence and with a smile on her face, which makes her a very admirable student of Irvington High School.

Na’imah says, “My advice to anyone going through a challenge such as diabetes in life is to pray about it and don’t think about it too much. It makes you healthier than those around you and makes you stronger.”

Overcoming hurdles such as diabetes, Na’imah continues to have a positive outlook on life and wouldn’t change anything about herself.

“I wouldn’t change anything about me, I am perfectly imperfect just the way I am.”

To find out more information about the symptoms and types of diabetes please visit: http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Diabetes.aspx

 

 


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