My Platform for Miss Teenage Canada is Diabetes!! I know it is not a common topic to pursue but I have had a personal experience with Diabetes in my life, not me but my Dad. My Dad had a massive heart attack in 2010 while we were on our 2 week vacation. My Dad was having chest pains, numb shoulder, and a sore jaw, of course we never thought it would be a heart attack!! So on the way back from vacation my Mom made my Dad stop at the Fernie hospital to just get checked out, finding out he is having a massive heart attack and Stars was on their way. “Why can’t he take a ambulance?” My Mom asks. “He won’t make it.” Replied the Doctor. To just think that if we didn’t stop at the hospital then we all could’ve died in a car accident or something… He flew to Foothills Hospital which took him a whole 40 minutes. My family and I drove hours to go see him and as soon as we got there… he was fine… it looked like nothing ever even happened to him. He went through surgery and everything!! It was a crazy horrible experience.
My Dad also had a heart attack twice on our living room couch, I was 13, November 19th 2012. The second time was January 12th 2016, 17 years old. It’s crazy to see your father almost die right in front of you. Last September my Dad’s doctor told us that if he had one more heart attack then he would absolutely not survive it. Guess what… he did! I saved my Dad’s life twice by calling 911, he called me his hero… to think I’m my own Dad’s hero is amazing because he is the man I have always looked up too!!!
This is why Diabetes is so important to me, because I don’t want anybody to go through that pain. I want to teach people on how to take care of themselves and to show them the damages that can happen if the people don’t. My Dad has suffered many heart attacks and lost part of his foot from Diabetes. We can stop this if we help each other!!<3