One of the classes I teach at the high school is health. Yesterday we were discussing the endocrine system, and of course diabetes is part of the unit. I had the typical comments about it being from eating too much sugar, not being able to eat sugar, not knowing the difference between type 1 and type 2 and things like that, but they are high school kids who have never been told any different and thats why we were talking about it. I was telling them about about how a person with type 1 diabetes cares for themselves and got to the part about poking their fingers and giving themselves shots when one boy makes a comment about that being gross. I nicely asked him what was gross about it and he said all the blood and stuff is gross. I explained about how little blood was involved and then continued the discussion and he kept making comments about it being nasty, gross and disgusting and he would just kill himself and he didnt want to be around people that had something like that wrong with them and how he read that insulin pumps dont work and are really dangerous because the needles break off in people. I about lost it. Fortunately another student told him how wrong he was being(his words were "Dude, your stupid") and that people cant help when they have something wrong and how would he feel if people didnt want to be around him because of something he couldnt control. The first kid continued to say how gross it was, especially when it was little kids and how it could be fixed if people would just take better care of their kids, which was when I calmly(yes, really) told him my daughter was diagnosed at 10(2 years ago today )and I was pretty sure I knew how the disease and its treatments worked, that there is no cure at this time and it has nothing to do with not taking care of my child, so if he had nothing positive or constructive to add to the discussion, he needed to keep it to himself. He didnt say much after that other than some comment about fat people and diabetes under his breath. I told them all about the different types of pumps, the CGMs and had some really good questions from a few kids, most of them were interested in what I was saying and really listened.