When you’re a kid, fitting in can seem like the most important thing in the world. It takes a long time to feel comfortable accepting, or even acknowledging there are things that distinguish you from the crowd. Instead, those differences often make children feel uncomfortable with who they are, leading them to attempting to hide them.
For one actor, this was just the case…
Stephen Wallem played a big, strong nurse on the acclaimed Showtime series “Nurse Jackie”, but few realize Stephen has suffered from type 1 diabetes since the age of ten.
While he is now an outspoken advocate for diabetes awareness, there was a time when the actor was much less inclined to discuss his condition, or even face it because he wanted to be a “normal kid.”
Now, after having lost sight in his left eye due to diabetes-related complications, Wallem is speaking up about the disease. The actor discusses his struggles to take care of his condition early in life and how it caught up to him later, something he wants to urge other people to avoid. In his touching PSA he urges people to acknowledge the life-long nature of the disease and to reach out to people who can help.
Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.