When I was diagnosed in 2004, it was a total shock! I appeared to be a normal, healthy 19 year old in my first year of college. I had all the classic symptoms of diabetes: weight loss, extreme thirst, frequent trips to the bathroom.. You name it! But at the time I had NO idea what diabetes was!
Now, I’m a healthy, happy newlywed. I have the best support system. I work as an RN and hope to become a CDE and help others manage their diabetes! Diabetes is a part of me, but it does not define me!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
People ask me all the time if I have to wear my pump everyday! I’m like, “yeah.. Do you ever take your pancreas out?” 😂

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
People like to tell me what I can and cannot eat.. I just let them know diabetics can have carbs and sweets, in moderation!

How do you inspire others?
I try to inspire others by letting them know diabetes is not a disability! I’ve run 3 1/2 marathons, enjoy working out, eat a balanced diet, and work 12 hour shifts as an RN. There’s nothing that diabetes stops people from doing, as long as you manage and prepare for everything!

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It challenges me daily to be the healthiest version of myself! I want to have a family of my own soon, and I want to be a positive role model for my future children!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I am scared of birds.. So neither!!!

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