What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest question someone has asked me is “why do you have a sticker on your arm?” I said I have Type 1 Diabetes, and it’s not a sticker, it is an insulin pump. Insulin is medication a diabetic uses to keep their blood sugar normal. When my blood sugar is high I need insulin, when I’m low I need sugar or carbs. The insulin pump keeps the insulin inside of it and it monitors how much insulin it gives me. She said “ohh”.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Once I was at a party with my friends and they were giving out candy and cupcakes. My friend came over and she said you can’t eat that. I said really yes I can, and I ate the candy and showed her that it isn’t impossible for a diabetic to do something.

How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by not letting myself down. I’m a competitive cheerleader for Broward Elite Allstars. I have been cheering since 5 years old. Throughout the years I have been diagnosed, I have never let my diabetes take it all away. When I was 9 I always said to myself was why always me, why did I have to be the one to get diabetes, and now I say to myself why not me, I’m stronger than you can think, I won’t let anything pass me. If been in hospitals about 4 times and I’m not going to let there be a fifth time. I always try and try to eat well and take care of myself, and that’s what I’m gonna keep doing.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has helped me see the real me. God gave it to me because he knew I could handle, he knew I was a tough, strong girl. I have now seen what I can really do. Now I look at myself as the strongest person in the world. It feels like I’m the one who can do anything I put my heart to.

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