It’s been a medical roller coaster these past 3 years. Two summers ago I was actually hospitalized because my blood sugar dropped during the night and I didn’t wake up the next morning and began having seizures. If it weren’t for my little sister finding me in my bed the next morning I don’t know what would’ve happened to me! I’ve been hospitalized for ketoacidoses twice and a blood infection I got from taking one of my insulin injections. My mom still wakes up every night at 2A.M. to check my blood sugar and I’m so lucky to have a mom so dedicated and concerned about me! Something that gets me through living with this disease is all of my diabetic friends from camp! I’m lucky enough to live in Georgia so every summer I attend Camp Kudzu! It’s so great going to camp because you are not weird for having t1d you are actually weird if you don’t! It’s also nice to hear that I’m not the only who is struggling and to know that there are others who get it and are there for me through it all! When I’m out in public and I need to check my blood sugar or take my insulin I still kind of hide so people don’t stare but I am getting over that because if people can’t accept me for me and my disease that’s their problem! I’m a serious ballet dancer who trains 6 days a week to prepare myself by the time I am 16 to hopefully be accepted into a professional trainee program with a professional company. One of my inspirations as a dancer and diabetic is Zippora Karz. I had the honor of meeting her and sitting down and talking to her a few months after I was diagnosed.
Question #2: Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
When I was first diagnosed I was told I should cut back on my dancing or stop dancing all around because it would be too hard to manage my blood sugars.
Question #3: How do you inspire others?
I hope to inspire other diabetics to not give up on their dreams and passions because this disease might be hard to manage. I will not quit what I love because it going to be “hard.” Life is hard and if you let something stop you because it’s hard you will get no where and be miserable knowing you gave up.
Question #5: How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has made me so much stronger mentally, physically, and emotionally. I’ve learned to overcome obstacles that I didn’t think were possible. I’ve learned to push through pain because it goes away. I’ve learned that you can’t let things get you down and feel sorry for yourself because you will miss out on the good things in life.