What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
When I was in elementary school all the parents would ask, “Oh you can’t have sugar can you?” My pancreas is broken, not my taste buds! I tell people all the time diabetics can have sweets as long as it fits into a healthy diet and they do their corrective insulin dose.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I used to get told I couldn’t donate blood because of my diabetes. Besides this, I have pretty much done everything like a normal person. You just have to take extra precautions with diabetes, like keeping track of your blood sugars when it comes to physical activity.
How do you inspire others?
Joining the JDRF walk every year, volunteering with JDRF to help raise funds for diabetes research, and sharing stories online. I’m also secretary of The College Diabetes Network, which is a support organization for college students with diabetes. We do a lot of volunteering with JDRF and spread diabetes awareness around our college campus and community.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes is definitely an every day battle. I get sick a lot, miss a lot of school and work, plus I have to usually pay a visit to the ER about 3-5 times a year. At times this causes stress and anxiety, but I do my best to stay positive and power through my days.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has definitely made me the strong person I am today. Physically, I am very healthy. Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without my diabetes. I have had it for 21 years now and it is a major part of who I am.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
If I can fight T1D, I can fight one horse sized duck!