Calling All Type 1 Teens

Today I’m passing on a request from a friend.  Well, actually a friend of a friend, but that’s just as good, right?

Ryan Snelgrove is working on his PhD at the University of Waterloo, and for his PhD he’s doing a studey on teenagers’ experiences with chronic illness in everyday life.  That’s where you come in!  If you’re a teenager living with Type 1 diabetes – or another chronic illness – Ryan wants to talk to you! 

In his own words: “While a lot of research continues to be conducted on the medical aspects of illness, very little research has asked teenagers’ about their non-medical experiences. Developing an understanding of teens’ experiences may help others, such as family and friends, understand the challenges faced and the ways teens are able to live meaningful lives.”

From this research, Ryan would like to write a book that would help teens cope and relate to others, help family and friends know what teens go through, and possibly increase awareness and understanding of illness experiences in general.  Doesn’t that sound like something great to be a part of?!

Ryan wants you to know that any conversations you have with him will be casual and confidential and that you will be in control of the topics you explore.  Essentially he’s looking to find out what you think of illness in relation to yourself and how, if at all, it comes into play in how you spend your free time and in your relationships with friends and family.  

Part of Ryan’s interest in this subject comes from the fact that he has had ulcerative colitis since he was 10 years old, so he can relate to the frustrations of being a teen with a chronic illness! 

For more information, you can check out Ryan’s webiste here or contact him at rsnelgro “at” uwaterloo “dot” ca.  I hope you’ll consider participating!


5 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Bethany, and to everyone else for considering!

    I look forward to chatting with many of you.

    best wishes,

    Ryan Snelgrove


  2. How about an old guy that cured himself of crohn’s colitis?


  3. Tell me how do you survive with your gift? I found that my illness gave me many gifts. My life is much different then a lot of people as your must be.


    • We do what we have to! Diabetes is a part of life for those of us who have it, and we deal with it just like anyone else deals with challenges in their lives. Check out some of my links for more stories of people living with diabetes!


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