Sometimes, the very core of how a young man identifies and expresses his masculinity can feel challenged or pressured while navigating a living with diabetes. GMP wants to hear your stories.
November recognizes National Diabetes Month–a time when the nation’s attention is directed to the issues surrounding diabetes and the faces of those living with diabetes.
A few statistics from the American Diabetes Association:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes
- Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type II diabetes
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion
The diagnosis of juvenile diabetes, whether Type I or Type II, can transform a young man’s life. Sometimes, the very core of how a young man identifies and expresses his masculinity can feel challenged or pressured while navigating a living with diabetes.
The Good Men Project wants to hear stories from our young men about this conversation. Some items to consider as potential topics, although this is not an exhaustive list:
- Navigating a day with diabetes
- Stories of the journey leading to diagnosis
- Diabetes and cultural expectations of young men
- Loving a young man with diabetes
- Curing oneself of Type II diabetes
Please send your submission ideas, rough drafts, or final copies to Guyhood Editor, Scott Heydt, [email protected].
Thank you in advance for helping us bring attention to an important national conversation!
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