Local Girl Publishes Book About Struggle with Diabetes

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

A 12-year-old girl from the Valley is now a published author, sharing her struggles with Type 1 diabetes.

Natalie Taylor is a seventh grader at Elkton Middle School.

She says she found out she had diabetes when she was four years old, and when she was in the third grade, she started having problems accepting what was going on with her body.

Taylor says, with the help of her guidance counselor, they began "narrative therapy," in which she wrote her own story to share with other kids her age.

Now it's come together as a book called "Natalie's Story."

"To help other diabetics not feel so that they've got nobody else that's like them. And to kind of help other kids who are in the grade with another diabetic to understand what's going on, because a lot of my friends didn't and thought I was getting free passes to eat snacks and that it was all fun," says Taylor.

She says it took about three years for the entire process, through publication.

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