Nick Jonas And His “Diabetes Buddies”

I was with my kids at the Jonas Brothers concert in St. Louis the other night. They put on a great show, but my healthcare takeaway for the night was that Nick Jonas has diabetes and is a great spokesperson on the topic.

As seems to be more and more common these days, he (as a public figure) is out talking about his health and management of his condition. I think this is a great way to help kids learn about diabetes from someone they adore. It also normalizes the condition so patients don’t feel they are alone.

I also like his concept of giving guitar picks to his “diabetes buddies” or people he meets. I could see a Facebook application where you can get a virtual guitar pick from Nick Jonas.

“To newly diagnosed kids with diabetes, Nick would say, ‘Don’t let it slow you down at all.  I made a promise to myself on the way to the hospital that I wouldn’t let this thing slow me down and I’d just keep moving forward, and that’s what I did. Just keep a positive attitude and keep moving forward with it. Don’t be discouraged.’ ” (article)

During the concert, they stop to let him do a piano solo to the following lyrics from their song “Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone”. During the song, he pauses to talk about how he made a promise to not let it hold him back and all the things he has accomplished since being diagnosed.

Got the news today
Doctor said I had to stay
A little bit longer
And I’d be fine
When I thought it’d all be done
When I thought it’d all been said
A little bit longer
And I’ll be fine

But you don’t know what you got
Till it’s gone
And you don’t know what it’s like
To feel so low
And every time you smile or laugh you glow
You don’t even know
No, no
You don’t even know

All this time goes by
Still no reason why
A little bit longer
And I’ll be fine
Waitin’ on a cure
But none of them are sure
A little bit longer
And I’ll be fine

But you don’t know what you got
Til it’s gone
You don’t know what it’s like
To feel so low
And every time you smile or laugh you glow
You don’t even know
No, no
You don’t even know
No, no
You don’t even know
No, no

Yeah

But you don’t know what you got
Til it’s gone.
Don’t know what it’s like
To feel so low, yeah
And every time you smile or laugh you glow
You don’t even know
Yeah oh
Yeah oh
Yeah yeah
You don’t even know
No, no

So I’ll wait ’til kingdom come
All the highs and lows are gone
A little bit longer
And I’ll be fine
I’ll be fine

One Response to “Nick Jonas And His “Diabetes Buddies””

  1. This kid must be getting some heavy weight consulting: sign a contract with Pepsi, which causes diabetes, to sing about diabetes and what’s holding him back. what a hero

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