Hi! I’m Amanda and I don’t let diabetes hold me back from doing things I love most.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Someone once asked me if diabetes was contagious! I told them no they won’t get diabetes if they sit too close to me.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Sometimes people don’t think I can last at all day lacrosse tournaments. I prove them wrong by checking my blood sugar and taking insulin during the day to make sure I can play at my best.
How do you inspire others?
I try to achieve both academically and athletically, to let younger children in my community know how diabetes is only a small factor in their whole life. In December 2015, I was nominated hometown hero, and was able to share my story about the successes and failures of diabetes with everyone in my community.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Well diabetes may seem like a burden for some people, diabetes has allowed me to branch out and meet a wonderful community of people. My sister was diagnosed 2 years ago with T1D as well, and I have never been closer with her. The bond between two people with diabetes is incomparable to anything I have ever experienced.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has shown me to never give up. It has taught me that sometimes life gives us highs and lows, and that we can let it beat us, or we can (dia)beat it. I have become a much more patient and understanding person since my diagnosis of diabetes, and wouldn’t go change anything about my life today. Diabetes makes me, me.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I would definitely rather fight 1 big duck. I would distract him with a trail of bread and then run away as fast as I could the other way.