My name is Catherine York, I am 18 years old, and I was diagnosed on May 4th, 2010. I am currently in college studying Nuclear Engineering, and I hope to go into Nuclear Medicine when I graduate. I want to be able to give back to the diabetes community when I graduate because of all of the wonderful support I have received.

In my free time, I love to go to the gym, volunteer with local food shelters, and play with my three St. Bernard’s.

Please feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @catherineyork17 if you need any advice or anything!


What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?

So being a Nuclear Engineering major, my class and I took a tour of the nuclear reactor on my campus. I wear an insulin pump and one of my classmates noticed it before we entered the reactor. He casually asked me, “is that thing going to explode when we enter the reactor?”. All of my classmates then proceeded to grow concerned over the possibility that this mystery device could explode.

I then proceeded to explain that there was no way that my pump could possibly explode in the reactor. It was definitely not a question I was expecting, but I’m happy that they asked.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?

I was told one time that I wouldn’t be able to have a successful life due to my diabetes.

However, my definition of success must be different from their’s, because I feel like I have a very successful life now. I am entering my sophomore year of college, work in a chemistry lab, and have been able to improve myself since being diagnosed.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?

Diabetes has contributed to forming the person that I am by affecting me mentally, physically, and emotionally. It has affected me mentally and emotionally by giving me the ability to push myself to my limits and give me strength. I know that no matter what the situation is now, I’m able to handle it. It has affected me physically by helping to motivate me to go to the gym every day. I know that if I work out, my diabetes will “behave” better.

I know if it weren’t for diabetes, I wouldn’t be the same, strong person that I am today.

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