Week 2- Post 2- Audience

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Ira Josephs points his article toward students or even student-athletes who live with diabetes, and also toward the general public of Philadelphia. Josephs uses these two audiences in order to both praise Angela and to inspire students to be like her.

Ira wanted to show other diabetic students how it is possible to be successful while dealing with the disease. He did this by the use of a real life example. He described how Angela was responsible for her body, and also how her determination is pushing her to help find a cure for diabetes.

Josephs also wanted to show the public of Philadelphia the quality of Angela Koerper and how much she achieved just as a high school student. I think that Ira felt that this young girl remarkable so he wrote about all the intelligent things she has done with her disease.

I feel very strongly that Ira Josephs got his point across both audiences. It showed me how impressive and responsible Angela is. Other students should be able to achieve similar goals, especially if they dont have Diabetes. Its all about responsibility.

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Week 2- Post 1- Summary

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In Ira Josephs’ article “Off the Course, a Mission to Find a Cure for Diabetes,” we learn about a high school senior, Angela Koerper who struggles with Juvenile Diabetes. The article tells of how Angela is taking steps to help with a cure for the disease she carries.

Angela takes part in the JDRF’s (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. This will be here 6th year taking part in the walk. She was diagnosed with diabetes whenever she was 11 years old.  So far, Angela has helped raise $50,000 with her team that she walks with.

Koerper plays on her high school’s golf team, and just happens to be one of the captains. The article tells of how her diabetes can really affect her game play. Whenever her blood sugar is really high, she can’t concentrate very well and she doesn’t play well either. When Angela keeps her disease under control, her scores really show it. Although she has this distracting disease, her teammates agree that Angela’s commitment to both her disease and golf are inspiring. Angela keeps her cool and control over her blood sugar. She is truly an inspiration.

Dealing With Diabetes in Schools-2

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Peggy McCarthy’s, “Dealing With Diabetes in School” is a short newspaper article about how schools are treating children with Type I Diabetes. In this article she uses stories from Connecticut families and what schools have done in order to either make their child’s life easier or more complicated.

She starts out by telling her readers of how one child, Catherine Agonis, was unable to attend a school field trip due to her disability. The school said that since there were no teachers on the trip that knew how to deal with Diabetes, that Catherine would have to stay home. Well of course Catherine’s family fought this and eventually her stepfather was granted permission to attend the field trip with the class in order to help Catherine.

McCarthy also writes of how school officials are defending themselves due to school policies. Some schools do not allow children to test their blood sugar in class, which McCarthy feels is unjust. She tells of how some school board members say its just about the school policy of blood and bodily fluids in the open, however no blood will be exposed to anyone with the procedure. Those schools with that policy against the simple procedure in class are making the children go to the nurse’s office which makes the children fall behind in classes. Also, those diabetic children will stand out from their peers by always having to leave. This may make the lives of those specific children painful for reasons that other children might think of them as “different” or weird”.

All in all, this article defends diabetic children and their needs.

Dealing With Diabetes in Schools-1

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The article that i am analyzing told about several stories involving children with diabetes and their problems they’re having in class. I believe that this article has a few specific audiences that it is aiming toward.

The first audience that this article is for, would all schools, from Elementary to High Schools. The article is telling of how some schools allow children with Type I diabetes to test their blood sugar levels in class, while others do not. I think the the author is trying to tell schools that it is very important to allow children to check their own blood sugar levels. This is emphasized since no blood stays secure and away from other students. The author states that, “The procedure, done in seconds, uses a retracting, pen-like instrument, and the blood is caught in a plastic container.” This only further shows schools how easy and safe the life-saving procedure is and that all schools should look into making this available for students.

The other audience that the author is talking to are the parents of children with diabetes. The author shares stories of other families who have diabetic children and how they deal with the problems their schools give to their children. She is telling parents that if a school is making their child’s daily routine a hassle, then they have the right to speak up and do something about it.

This author does a very good job of being specific with her audiences and getting her point across to them.

Introductory Blog

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Well i have just entered into the Blog-o-sphere now, for the very first time. This blog is going to contain info on Juvenile Diabetes and the measurements people are taking in order to prevent Type II and proposed ideas how to fix either Type I or Type II. As of now, there is no cure for Type I, however Type II can be avoided by changes in lifestyle.

I was intrigued by the idea of this topic, because my one friend back home has had Type I Diabetes since he was about 3 years old. I’ve seen him go through  so much pain and agony from having to deal with his daily routines, gave to him by the disease.

So, i really want to find out what scientists or any researchers have found that works, by means of reducing Diabetes in general. Neither children, nor anyone should have to bear with this horrid disease. I’m hoping to find out what measurements are being made in schools around the country, or even the world in order to prevent Type II diabetes, which can even tie in with childhood obesity.  Also, i think i’ll find ideas from people on how to educate society, especially the youth on how to live more healthily.

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