The honesty in the notes the students wrote are going to hit you in the heart.
Kyle shared some of her students notes on twitter with the hashtag, #Iwishmyteacherknew.
Soon, thousands joined in the conversation and many teachers feel that Schwartz lesson plan changed the landscape of the classroom, encouraging trust and honesty between the students and teachers.
According to interviews, Schwartz hopes that #Iwishmyteacherknew will encourage a dialogue that will help teachers connect students and their families with resources they need.
I've given the Kyle's trust building lesson a diabetes spin a'la "I wish people knew that diabetes.....," and with the hashtag - #Iwishpeopleknewthatdiabetes.
Hopefully you can relate and share your own wishes~
#IWishpeopleknewThatDiabetesI wish people knew that diabetes is lot harder than PWDs (people with diabetes) make it look.
I wish people knew that diabetes is NEVER ENDING - and that I haven’t had a day off from type 1 diabetes in 13,690 days - nor did/do I get time from diabetes for good behavior, national holidays, weddings, funerals or mental health days.
I wish people knew that diabetes can be exhausting.
I wish people knew that diabetes wasn't my fault.
I wish people knew that diabetes makes me cry sometimes.
I wish people knew that diabetes causes me to say "I'm sorry," even when I'm not.
I wish people knew that people with diabetes usually have a really twisted sense of humor.
I wish people knew that diabetes complications can happen - And that people shouldn't judge someone because of their diabetes complication(s).
I wish people knew that people with diabetes can have, had are having children - And that throughout the ages, PWDs have become parents. My two aunts with type 1 had children in the 1950's, so did my dad. My oldest sister with t1 had 3 children in 1976, 1980 & 1990.
And that today women with diabetes in the DOC and beyond are having boatloads and boatloads of beautiful children - and those wonderful women with diabetes worked (and are working,) damn hard to deliver those beautiful and healthy children.
Life is the reason I don’t have children - it doesn’t mean I didn’t want them, because I did and I do and that it breaks my heart that I don't.
But if diabetes is the reason for someone not having children - You shouldn't judge or ignore them for not having children, diabetes or not - And you should remember that for many, it's a very personal and potentially painful subject.
I wish people knew that diabetes gives you boatloads of strength and empathy.
I wish HealthCare Professionals who still tell their patient(s) with diabetes that they "noncompliant," would stop using that term - it's offensive and defeatist and most likely will not garner the effects the HCP was hoping for hoping for.
I wish they'd say: I know you struggle with your diabetes - lets make a game plan and work together to get you up to speed.
And I wish they'd go a step further and let their patients with diabetes know that they are not alone and suggest seeing that they see a Certified Diabetes Educator and a therapist. Encourage them to join online communities & read diabetes blogs so they can find peer support and encouragement.I wish people that just because I wear an insulin pump, doesn’t mean I have the bad kind of diabetes - It means I have the kind of diabetes that makes shit gold ingots.
Kidding! It just means my body doesn’t have the ability to produce insulin.
People with diabetes need insulin to live - and I’ve found that wearing a bionic pancreas clipped to my hip works for me.
And yes, I can and will eat that cupcake, because I’ve done the work to eat that cupcake.
Diabetes is not punchline and your offensive jokes directly affects funding for the diabetes cure.
I wish people knew that Diabetes Burnout is REAL.
Addendum: On Wednesday, April 22nd, YOU CAN KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING.
Also, please checkout http://mydiabetessecret.com - a place to share heartfelt & anonymous D secrets in a safe/supportive environment.