What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Someone once asked me if they could “catch” my diabetes. They took a drink of my soda that I had and then immediately started crying because they thought they now had diabetes.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I don’t think anyone has told me I can’t do anything. Jokingly people have told me I would eventually lose a limb or my kidneys would fail. Maybe that I would go blind. I was always led to believe that being active would always be a challenge for me. I have my blood sugars and my insulin levels down to a science so that I know what to do when I am being active and how to avoid lows. I learned the hard way, but I’m so glad I did because I don’t know what I would do without exercise.
How do you inspire others?
I’ve worked at the same company for almost six years and I have worked my way up at that same job. I wake up at 2am four times a week before going to work at 5am so I can go to the gym.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I wouldn’t say that diabetes has really affected me. I don’t know if that is the right word for it. That just sounds so negative, ya know? I think that with each injection, each site change, bolus, blood sugar check etc, I become a stronger person. I think every low blood sugar that wakes me up in the middle of the night is a learning experience.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without my diabetes diagnosis. I have learned not to take health for granted. Every time I get a cold I think in the back of my head “It’s not the flu! Yay!” I know the importance of a healthy diet and staying active. I never really had a partying phase or a get wasted every night phase. I learned overtime that it is okay to open up to people about diabetes. It’s okay to not be ashamed of wearing an insulin pump. It’s okay to teach people and to spread awareness.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I love ducks. I would just give them bread and they would be happy.