Terrace Park teen creates diabetes social group for fun and inspiration
Libby Cunningham, WCPO Digital
8:36 AM, Mar 22, 2013
8:38 AM, Mar 22, 2013
TERRACE PARK - It's been a decade since Terrace Park teenager Hadley George was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, so it's safe to say she doesn't remember life without it.
"I've basically lived with it all my life and coming into high school I started to get the feeling about how alone I am," George said.
Despite this, even in the most discouraging hours, the high school freshman refused to let the condition defeat her and wants to reach out to other teens with Type 1.
"I bet there are at least 10 other people in Cincinnati who are going through the thought of just giving up because they have diabetes," George said. "I thought it was crucial to have people understand what I'm going through in my life. I decided to start this teen group."
Finding resilience, sharing stories
Thus, Type One Teens was born. It's a social—not support—group for diabetic teens.
It all started in December 2012, when George started to feel helpless and misunderstood because of her diabetes. The 14-year-old found resilience and hopes she can help others find theirs.
"I wanted to create this warm, social environment for teens with diabetes to come to and hang out and get to know each other and run across diabetes," she explained.