In 2010 I was told that I would never eat again without taking a shot, checking carbs, or poking my finger. Diabetes was introduced to me when I was 7 years old. I remember all the negative thoughts running in my head. What if I die? What if people make fun of me? All the what if’s. I grew out of the negative thoughts, and slowly moved into a positive direction. Yes, people do say I fake my illness. No, I’m not faking this horrible, painful, and deathly disease. I’m 14 today and still have a struggle with t1d! But I have a great mother supporting me, amazing family members always checking up in me, and awesome diabetic friends who are always there for me. I’m not gonna give up, ever.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Oh yeah!! This one girl told me I couldn’t be their basketball manager because I have diabetes. Who went to all of the basketball games?? Yep that’s right, I did. I’m just as normal as she is.

How do you inspire others?
I have a big dream about becoming a nurse when I grow up. I want to help other diabetics get through the same things I went through!

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
In track. I was running and I dropped too fast and passed out… lucky for me I had great coaches and treated me fast!

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Yes. If I didn’t have diabetes I don’t think I would as strong as I am today.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
The horse with the size of a duck

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