Helping Kids Talk T1D with Peers: CDE Offers Expert Tips

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During a recent JDRF Facebook Live event, Shaina Hatchell, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Registered Nurse (RN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) discussed her forthcoming children’s book “Shia Learns about Insulin” and how it can help children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) share their experiences with peers.

“I have been passionate about diabetes and education for what feels like my entire life,” Hatchell said.

She shared how she pursued her dream of becoming a CDE, and how her brother’s T1D diagnosis influenced her.

“I remember being 12 years old thinking ‘What can I do to learn about how I can help him?’ and ‘How can I help my family as we continue to manage diabetes in our home?’,” Hatchell added.

During her presentation, Hatchell covered:

  • The creative strategy behind developing Shia.

  • How her book and books similar to it could help normalize T1D conversations for children—with their parents, but also, importantly, with their peers.

  • Healthcare disparities that disproportionately burden Black people living with diabetes and how education and representation can help.

Hatchell wrapped up the event by answering user-submitted questions.

Watch the full, recorded livestream: