the students’ understanding of the
significance of portraying empathy towards diabetic
individuals, grade 11 S students narrated a realistic
fictional moment, through which they conveyed their
perspective. Below is a sample which shows two facets of
students’ understanding: empathy and perspective.
The sound echoes in my ear as I lie down in the pitch
The weight of my body pins me down on a soft and
soothing surface, too good to be true.
I know for one that I am not dreaming, for the feeling
of numbness is overwhelming my body as a whole. I felt
powerless and heavy. I could not move my hand, my head
or my body.
I slowly started blinking, desperately trying to open my
eyes and see what’s around me. Where am I? As a blinding
light slowly subsided, I could take a look around my
surroundings. I was at the hospital.
The room was pristine clean and gloomy; typical hospital
bed, IV and monitors are beeping. The walls are a sickly
olive color, and the linens are white. This place looks
nothing like a room where a patient would be motivated
to recover. This misty room is making me even more
I turn my head to the side only to see my Mom’s figure,
her hand on her face, with a worried look I have never
seen before. Beside her, a doctor with eyes so
sympathetic, I immediately knew something was wrong.
I tried to catch fragments of what the doctor is saying,
but my mom’s sobs are too loud.
When her sobbing finally stopped, I try to decipher all
these biological terms though the one term I do
understand is “diabetes”.
I don’t know much about diabetes, but the one thing I do
know is that my life will never be the same again.
diabetes hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would.
Yeah, I can’t splurge on chocolate bars and sugary
sweets, but it’s not all that bad. I take 3 insulin
shots a day, one before each meal.>>>MORE
By: Nadine Kawash, Tatiana Fakih,
and Rashed Hassoun
Supervised by: Jana Abou Orm