Despite seeming healthy to the outside eye, Michael Rosenberg was diagnosed with type-one diabetes at the end of his sophomore year of high school. In this week’s Teen Flaunt essay, the 17-year-old reflects on what this experience has meant to him. And most importantly, he shares how he is more than his chronic disease.
Michael writes, “While I avoid talking about my condition unless someone else brings it up, I am not ashamed of my diabetes in any way. I will proudly tell people about what I have and try to educate them about it if they ask, but I refuse to let that be my defining attribute.”