3 years ago I was diagnosed with Diabetes. It stabbed a dagger into my heart. The doctor came into where I was and said "Jason, Its time for your first needle"ÃÂ. My mum burst into tears, but I had to be strong. Since then I have never let this illness get in the way of my dreams, of the things I want to achieve in my life.
In 1999 a month after I was diagnosed I started rehearsals on a musical, Oliver. The diabetes educator and mum said it wasn't a good idea to do it, but I did it anyway. But look where it has taken me, I have met some extraordinary people and witnessed some wonderful events in people's lives. I can now say to myself that I am an actor, I've done plays, musicals and comedy and I know I can say I have played one of the hardest roles today.
Being myself, this isn't a character, this isn't a role, this is me, I am who I am and you have to accept it, I have diabetes and you have to know it.
But what brings me on is believing in myself, believing I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I've been on TV, I've been on stage, and I've even written plays. My dream is to write the most inspirational piece of writing and to let my story be heard. To let people know about my journey, from where I've come from and to where I am going.
Support, friends and needles may keep you alive, but what makes you want to stay alive? That's something everyone has to think about in life, I know why I stay alive, its a cure, I would do anything if it would bring a cure into this world. A cure so kids, some as young as 1 years old wouldn't have to feel the pain of needles and to go through what I went through. To go through the heartache of knowing you are different from everyone. To know that some of your dreams can be shattered with a few simple words.
I have never thought of myself as different, special or under privileged, I look at myself as someone with a message. To let people know about the illness people call Diabetes. To make people aware of a disease people either don't know about or are afraid of. To touch the lives of people that don't live with this pain that many people live with.
I go crazy sometimes, I move around on the ground as if I'm in a fit, people look, people stare but I don't even care. I have diabetes for a purpose, to tell people about it. To share my gift of writing and storytelling with you. To tell you about something I will have to live with for the rest of my life.
It can be called a sickness, an illness or a gift. But what ever it is, it needs your help. Help to realize the dream that many people have been fighting with for many years.
Only you have the power, but we can all see the dream. Use that power to help see the dream. Remember that dreams can come true. Soon this little riddle that has affected so many lives will be solved and you would have helped it.
By ??? This is an essay i wrote in english on the life of a famous young playwright in my area. Jason.
I had to write the piece as him.