I’ve had diabetes for a very long time now. Its part of my life. Its who I am. Without it, I truly would not be the person I am today. Diabetes is a pain in the neck! Its not easy and other people don’t always understand. My advice is to keep going and stay strong. We can all get through it together!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
When people saw my pump, they asked if I was half robot. I laughed and said yes. Then I explained what it was.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
People constantly tell me things I can’t eat then I eat it anyway and when I didn’t die from eating it, they’re very shocked 😂.

How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by staying strong. I don’t let diabetes control my life or keep me from doing things I want to do.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
When I was in third grade, I spent new years eve and new years day in the hospital due to diabetic keto acidosis. It was pretty scary and not fun at all. After that, I try my hardest to keep my sugars under control.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I feel that diabetes has made me smarter. It has made me less ignorant and its made me more grateful for life. I feel like I have so much knowledge about it that I can share with people. It has also made me want to pursue my dreams even more.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck because you only have to fight one thing then you’re done. (Plus, there are no horse-sized ducks 😂)

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