I live in Raleigh, North Carolina. I work in business development and I am always on the move.
I grew up in Alabama and went to the University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE!
My diabetes is very unique. I am technically not a type one or a type two. I have pancreatic diabetes. I had to have my pancreas completely removed at 25 after having chronic pancreatitis since the age of 12.
I don’t know what I would do without gym time, Alabama football, great friends, and gummy bears.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
“Can I have some of your gummy bears?” my answer… “do you want me to die if my sugar drops? Back off the bears!”
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I love when people find out I am diabetic. They are always so shocked. The “you are too fit” or “you are too young to have diabetes” always makes me smirk. In my head I always think “and you are too dumb to give medical advice.”
How do you inspire others?
I always try to stay positive. I feel that no things that happen are just good or bad. They are all circumstances. You can turn anything in to a positive or a negative. It is all about how you accept the circumstances you face.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I had chronic pancreatitis starting at 12. When I finally had my pancreas removed at 25 it was the end of one challenge and the beginning of a new challenge. It has forced me to develop new habits and routines.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It certainly has challenges. Emotionally, I find it hard some days when I wake up and just don’t feel like “doing diabetes” today. It makes me learn the importance of consistency and drive.
Physically, it can be confusing. Sometimes it just doesn’t work. I am a very concrete and literal person… diabetes is not. Sometimes you can have the same activity, same food, and same bolus. One day you will go low, one day you will be high.
I have found that insulin is a super drug. It can basically be used as a PED in the gym. I don’t seem to have the muscle building plateaus I used to.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One. At least then, you can have one target.