Chelcie

Chelcie

Atlanta based stand up comedian, blogger, advocate, co-host of Connected Comedy Podcast & Diabetes Forecast Magazine 2012 14 People To Know.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
It always boils down to questions about making love with an insulin pump.  Sorry but it’s true

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
People are telling me now I can’t ride a motorcycle.  But we shall see about that!

How do you inspire others?
Not sure how to answer that.  All I can think of is keep my sense of humor and keep searching for something to keep me going like photography.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Around 2005 I developed a blood leak in my left eye. At the time I didn’t have insurance so I dealt with it for over a year.  Once I found a job that had decent insurance I had a vitrectomy to correct it and I got my vision back. Months after the same thing happened in my right eye but the retina detached and now I have vision loss in that eye. BUT after all that I still drive but with more caution.  Next is riding a motorcycle!

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It’s definitely made me stronger mentally and emotionally.  I wouldn’t even want to do the things I want to do if I let depression get me down.  I’m not saying I don’t get depressed but I still have that voice in my head saying “What if…”

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Actually I’d rather ride a horse LEADING 100 regular size ducks like Mel Gibson in Braveheart into battle against…A Flock of Seagulls!  (See what I did there?)


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