I’ve mentioned in a previous challenge that my young niece was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 3. Deianeira is the most amazing girl who has a personality that everyone can’t help but admire.
In 2015, at my sister’s wedding (Deianeira’s mum), she cheered everyone up with her performances – first, joining the adults on the dance-floor for her favourite dance track, which is Taylor Swift’s (@) ‘Shake it Off’ – see video below – and then surprising all 80 guests with a solo performance on the dance floor of Idina Menzel’s (@) ‘Let it Go’ (every child’s favourite song it seems)*. She grabbed a microphone and worked the whole audience for the duration of the track. Deianeira has been singing since she was a baby, humming along to Power Ballads CDs in the car, then learning Dolly Parton’s (@) ‘Jolene’ and Kate Bush’s (@) ‘Wuthering Heights’.
Having diabetes doesn’t seem to have stopped her, even when it means having a pump in all the time and not being able to eat the same things as all the other kids. She’s come out with some great one-liners about having diabetes, like the time I was with her and the needle of her pump had come out (you have to put a whole new one in if that happens). We were out getting ready for the wedding, so we said that we would have to take her home early, and her response was to put her hands in the air like a shrug and say ‘Now this is why I sometimes don’t like having diabetes!’ Then she put her chin on her hands in a huff – she was only 4!
It would be great to see her sing a duet with one of her idols if ever they were visiting her home state, so hopefully ,we can make that happen during the 62 months.
*Edited to add (9/4/16): my niece informs me that Rachel Platten (@) is also her favourite singer. It seems that ‘Fight Song’ is soon going to be a video post too. . .