My name is Alisha or Sheesha by nickname. I’m a full time online college student, a cat lover, and a pun-making goofball. I’m also a high-flying acrobat who fearlessly drops and tangles in a colorful mess of silks every week. Just when you thought, ‘wow, she sounds pretty cool’… I’m also a type 1 diabetic!

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
There were a few times people tried, but I didn’t take no for an answer. For instance, when I was school-aged I had a teacher try to deny me the right to eat or leave class when I had a severe hypo in class; I explained that I am protected under federal law and that I could sue his face off, then left for help. My mom is the one I can thank for that. She’s educated me from a young age about my rights and my ABILITIES. If you have a youngster with t1d, make sure they know their rights under ADA and that they are exposed to the amazing community out there, so they know they are limitless. Don’t ever take no as an answer- you are dia-able.

How do you inspire others?
By following through with my education in spite of the obstacles I’ve faced. And of course, with the tricks! I think people see diabetes as physically limiting, but it hasn’t stopped me. Just like some people have extra steps in getting ready, I have extra steps in prevention of highs/lows which is all preparation. It’s like a strict meal-prep lifestyle, but it doesn’t limit me. All I really need is some extra time and a positive attitude!

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I actually love my beetus because it has made me SO strong; I always get back up and conquer every day. It’s made me empathetic that you never know what people are going through, having an invisible illness and all. My diabetes has certainly made me realize how precious life and health are. So I’m definitely not afraid of dangling 15 feet in the air on the silks, because let’s face it nothing is as terrifying as waking up to a bad hypo, so I’m a very brave and confident person because of how my t1d challenges me every day. My story is more of a future goal/inspiration I suppose- I want to be a diabetes educator or work with t1d’s somehow in the future. I want to build my life around helping my people!!! Until there is a cure, we need as much support and community as there can be! That’s why I’m thankful for IG pages like yours, so I see how many people are like me & I’m not alone. I want to be a part of something like that one day!

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I think emotionally it’s changed me the most. I have a very tender heart for people. I can feel when someone is suffering. It’s in their eyes. I’m that weirdo that can feel someone’s ‘vibes’ and hugs my friends really tight and won’t let go. It’s so human to have t1d, because you flirt with death regularly. You know what it’s like to be violently ill and to feel like a brand new person when it’s over. ‘This too, shall pass’ becomes your life motto and it causes you to rise to be strong enough to stand strong and not to get kicked over by the waves of change, fueling those around you with the strength to stand. It’s like being a pier in the ocean, and that’s not a bad place to be at all. It connects me so deeply emotionally with people who are hurting.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
What the -duck- is up with this question?! You’re quacking me up. But seriously, I think everyone should beak-kind to ducks, feather you like them or not!

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