Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has taught me a lot about perspective. Everyone faces struggles. Attitude is a choice. In life, things will happen that you cannot control. But what you can control is how you react to things. When you make an effort to find joy in every situation and learn from the hurt, your whole life will change. I promise.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Life with diabetes has forced me to be comfortable with who I am, flaws and all. I’ve embraced my weaknesses which then allowed me to connect with the pain that others have felt. Some of my favorite moments have been when God used my story to connect me with someone who needed to tell theirs. In those conversations, each party walked away encouraged. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m so much closer to the Alyson that I strive to be because of my experiences with T1D.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Definitely a horse sized duck! There’s power in numbers — in community. I’ve learned this because if I ever feel alone in any circumstance or situation, I go online. It’s true. If I’m ever feeling misunderstood about living with type 1 diabetes I simply type #diabetes on twitter, instagram or google and I’m reminded that I am not alone and that many people are going through the same thing I am. It justifies what I’m feeling in the moment and helps me get through. The 100 of regular sized ducks have community.. that’s dangerous. 🙂