Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was told by kids at school I couldn’t be “normal” but I proved them wrong. I’m currently a part of prom committee, drama club, troubadours, French club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, chemistry club, and the school newspapers. I’m an active member with my church and I continue to go to camps every summer and throughout the year. I put normal in quotation marks because there is no real definition of normal.

How do you inspire others?
I inspire others with my love for nature and kids. When I babysit children I try to do and say things that lift their spirits and let them know how amazing they truly are. I hope one day to be a nature educator so I can do the two things I love most, being outdoors and teaching kids about the wonders of nature.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Having diabetes has helped me grow more confident in myself. Before being  diagnosed my self confidence was very low. I felt uncomfortable and out of place. After getting diagnosed I went to camp and learned how to be proud of my self and I made friends that are like family. Honestly, diabetes has made my life better. ❤️

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has made me depressed at times but other times it makes me proud.  It has made me mentally stronger with all the carb counting, to much sugar avoiding, and remembering to take insulin and remembering I’m a diabetic not a “normal” teen.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 normal sized ducks!!! They are so cute!!

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