I was diagnosed when I was 13 months old after meningitis.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
WHY don’t you just eat better and then you won’t have to deal with all the up and downs. -I responded with a “oh OK” and thought about how I live on iceberg lettuce and once in a while I want a hamburger and how since I was a year old I’ve had needles be a part of everyday life…..but I know that people don’t get it.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was raised by the best mom and dad ever,and they always were supportive and told me I could do anything. I have come across those who didn’t think I could do things like travel,or be competitive playing sports in school, but I always proved the doubters wrong

How do you inspire others?
I am a nurse and I often meet those who are newly diagnosed or are having a complication due to diabetes. I am able to be an example to them and show them that diabetes does not define us… it drove me to survive and thrive even though I was diagnoses with type 1.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Although I am strong and able to not let diabetes slow me down, I have days where I just am scared and fear what the future holds. I see a lot of patients who are very sick from complications. This drives me to be proactive and take care of myself but still it is a big fear that I have.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
How hasn’t it would be a shorter explanation. Lol

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Def. The big one ….I think. Although the duck and I would become friends and probably end up at a karaoke bar having the time of our lives because that’s just how I roll…..

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