I was diagnosed with Type one when I was 2 years old, I’m now 19 and a sophomore in college. I’ve always been a very active individual,competing in gymnastics and cheerleading my whole life, and continue to now. I’ve never let my diabetes hold me back from accomplishing my dreams, and I never will.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Besides the constant questions about what I can eat and explaining I can eat what I want I just need to account for it. The funniest/cutest question I’ve been asked was from a little girl I coach and she said,” my daddy is a dentist, can he give you medicine to make you better?” I just responded with no sweetie but thank you. Lol

The weirdest was “so if your pod comes off you die?” My response to this one is either the sarcastic “yeah make sure to have 911 handy” (only if I know them well enough) or it’s a simple no with an explanation.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I’ve been told SO many times that I wouldn’t be able to compete as well as other teammates because of my diabetes and every time I’ve proved my disbelievers wrong by always excelling and advancing to bigger organizations and more elite teams, earning 20 National titles, countless Regional titles, and competing at the World Championships.

How do you inspire others?
I work for a cheer and dance company that hosts youth summer camps, I love doing this so much for so many different reasons, but definitely the biggest one is getting to meet young cheerleaders running up to me and showing me their pumps because they see mine on my arm. I love exchanging stories and listening to them telling me about their experiences with it, and talking to their parents and explaining all the things I’ve done and how I never allow my diabetes to hold me back, also giving little tips to the kids about how to maintain their blood sugars during practice.

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