The Short of It
A 6-year-old records YouTube videos to teach other kids about Type 1 diabetes.
Tim Crosby was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 2. That means he's been dealing with things, like needles, blood and insulin, on the daily ever since. Now the little guy is posting videos on YouTube to show other kids who've been diagnosed the ropes, and he has a huge following.
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Tim told WSPA-TV that he made his first video on a lark, as a way to keep busy while his siblings were napping. "Since my mom was in the shower, I thought 'Hmmm, I should do a diabetes video and help other kids," he explained.
And so he did.
"Hey kids," he began, "I want to tell you about diabetes. I am Tim." He then went on to explain how he gives himself insulin and checks his blood sugar 10 times a day.
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So far, that original clip has been viewed nearly 8,000 times, and Tim has since added three other videos into the mix, all of which give viewers an honest look at what it's like to live with Type 1 diabetes as a kid—day in and day out. And it's Tim's hope that by watching them, others will know they're not alone.
"There's a kid that's maybe just diagnosed right now," he explained. "They are watching them and now they're feeling WAY better."
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What an incredible kid! Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Tim took the hand he was dealt at such a young age and decided to help others cope.
"Watching his videos makes me so happy to see that he has a good attitude," his mom, MaryAnn, said. "He knows he's different, but he's ok with it, and he wants to help anyone else who's like him."
Even so, the impressive little dude is pretty taken aback by his viral success.
"I'm just thinking it's very surprising," he said. "It means a lot to me."
Check out all of Tim's YouTube videos here.