I always say that life is what you make it to be. I feel the same way about being a diabetic. I was crushed when I found out, but I overcame my frustrations with life and began to build a better me. Work hard and believe in yourself. Be proud to be you. Not everyone can do what we do.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Can’t you pass that on to you children? ?
Such a hard question for someone to ask you. My response was yes and no. My mother was diabetic when she gave birth to me and my older brothers. I was the only son to develop diabetes. But at the same time anyone can become diabetic especially those of us that don’t take care of our bodies. I got diabetes because it was hereditary and also I was a very active male in my late 20’s.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Funny that you should ask that question. I’ve felt that we ourselves (diabetics) always say things like we can’t do or couldn’t imagine doing. I was guilty of saying those same things to myself and others. Now I like to do things, I like to say, yes I can do this. Yes, I did better than you and I’m diabetic. People think that all diabetics are overweight couch potatoes. I wake up and prove them wrong every day.
How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by my actions.
I work extremely hard everyday to get better.
This is my life now. I look at diabetes as a lifestyle , not a condition.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes took everything away from me. I lost my drive, my spirit, my love. The list of lost things can go on and on. I was a the point of giving up. I didn’t want to live anymore. I cried until I couldn’t cry anymore. I felt embarrassed and confused on how I’m supposed to explain what’s going on with me to my girlfriend. I really hit rock bottom in life. I had lost 30lbs in a matter of weeks. I just told myself to hold on and fight. That’s what I did and that’s what I do every day. Fight.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes keeps me on my toes. My entire day is set up around my meals, my blood sugars and my gym time. I get excited to wake up with a good blood sugar. I get excited to eat a few extra carbs before my workouts and finish up with a good glucose level. I’m excited to talk to people about my lifestyle and how I made a change to be better. This is something that I did. Something that I do every day.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Give me 100 regular sized ducks!!
That way I can fight dirty and throw bread crumbs in their eyes and they’ll fight each other.