Trout Elementary 2nd grader helps raise awareness about diabetes

Trout Elementary 2nd grader helps raise awareness about diabetes
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With Tuesday being World Diabetes Day, the students and staff at Trout Elementary wanted one of their very own Sebastian Storment to know he isn't fighting alone.

Every day, Sebastian stops by Nurse Tammy Haney's office to check his blood sugar.

Sebastian is a second grader at Trout Elementary with Type 1 diabetes.

"It's not fun because you have to check your blood sugar all the time," Sebastian said when asked how he feels about being diabetic.

Sebastian was diagnosed with diabetes in kindergarten, and his mom said Sebastian's older sister, who is also fighting with diabetes, identified it first.

"She's the one that helped us figure out that he was diabetic. He had just gotten out of kindergarten and she said he reminded me of me," Sandra Storment said.

Storment said once they got word Sebastian was diabetic, his lifestyle had to change.

"There's a lot of different things you have to take into consideration for - insulin, what he's doing, what his plans are, and whether he's in a sport or sitting in a classroom," Sandra said.

However, Sandra doesn't give all the credit to her family. She said the school plays a major part in making sure Sebastian is okay.

"They know exactly what his needs are, and they're there to help at any time," Sandra said.

The school showed their support Tuesday by allowing all the second graders to wear blue shirts and release balloons in honor of Sebastian's fight with diabetes.

It was Haney's idea to do the balloon release and educate students on diabetes and what Sebastian is going through.

"That way as he moves up in grades the kids who move up with him will know and they're not scared of what's going on with him," Haney said.

The whole campus at Trout Elementary have spent the month of November learning about diabetes and a healthy lifestyle.

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