What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I don’t think I’ve been asked a weird question about my diabetes other than what is that thing on your arm (when referring to my OmniPod). I simply replied it was something to control my heart and then faked like it failed! I scared many people but I thought it was funny

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Well my Mommie always taught me I could do anything I wanted. I’d say the only rough patch was when I was hit with diabetic nerve damage and lost the ability to walk. My doctor’s didn’t know if it would heal or if I’d be able to walk again but not only am I walking but I’m dancing, boxing, bowling, acting…… everything!

How do you inspire others?
I believe my main issue with being a T1D on an insulin pump is how so many of us continue to HIDE who we are and what we do to still be here! I don’t understand that! I see everything I’ve overcome in spite of diabetes as a blessing and I show off my diabetes! I wear it as a badge of pride and that is what I hope to continue to do! I’m an aspiring actress working on showcasing my diabetes in any film I’m cast in even of only by wearing my insulin pump on screen without having to hide it! My goal is to be able to act in a film and have someone see my insulin pump but pay it no mind because it doesn’t take away from me being able to deliver the character!

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
To be honest, diabetes taught me that me that I am much stronger than I ever knew. That I am the one in control. That life is still just as full (if not more so) with diabetes.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has inspired me to stop hiding. Diabetes has taught me to speak up and instead of complaining about the negatives of diabetes (and there are a few), show and find the positive! It may take me a bit longer to accomplish my goals because of my diabetes but it doesn’t mean they can’t be accomplished!

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