I am 15, celebrating my 11th year of diabetes.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Are you gonna die from eating sour patch kids?
I use to keep it to myself about my disease, but now I’ve learned to express it to others, and understand that other people don’t know much about it so I feel the need to inform others about the disease of type 1. “No, I can eat what I want, I just need to watch what I eat exactly and take my medicine.”

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Many people have always told me I’ll never be like “normal people.” So I did an experiment with new kids who I hung around and never told them about my diabetes, they treated me “normal” I proved to others the disease doesn’t stop you from being like every one else.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I think diabetes has made me a more mature child growing up, it takes on more responsibility than most children. It allows you to connect with other diabetics in a way non diabetics wouldn’t quite understand. I would never give up having diabetes.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks, haha I think ducks are great and adorable!

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