I am a 16 year old cheerleader. I am a part of almost every club in my school such as drama club S.A.D.D. (Students against  distractive decisions ) French club and woman’s choir. I am a camp counselor at a Diabetes Camp 🙂  I also phoned here with my schools multi handicapped class.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I have been asked “Is it fun?”
I have answered ” honestly sometimes it is. There are many times that it sucks. I hate pricking my finger 5 times a day and taking 4+ shots. But without it I wouldn’t have met my closet friends”

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I have been told that I can’t be “normal” by other kids in my school I prove them wrong by participating in sports, clubs, choirs and musicals like what our society classifies as “normal”

How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by just being nice to everyone I meet. I find in life it’s easier to get by just accepting everyone for who they are. God made everyone and everything different for a reason.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I have a grandpa that wasn’t really close to any of his grandchildren. He and I didn’t become close until I was  diagnosed when I was 12. After I was diagnosed he became like a best friend to me. We have become really close. He gives me advice on my diabetes every time I hangout with him. Recently he had a stroke  paralyzing the left side of his body now instead of him taking care of me I help to care of his diabetes. I help give him his shots and test his blood sugar just as he did for me when I was first diagnosed.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I believe I am mentally stronger. I don’t let things get to me as bad as I used to. It has helped me become more  independent in my life

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular size ducks they are so adorable!!!! 🐥🐣🐤🐥🐣🐤🐥🐣🐤

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