What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest question has been if I would die if I stopped taking my insulin because she knew someone who had stopped it and were fine. I asked a question back to her asking if her friend was type 2 or type 1. She had no idea and then said she didn’t think there was a difference.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
There was two things I was told I would never do. One was have kids. I had my son 8/23/11 and went on to have a baby girl 8/7/14. I also was told there was no way I would ever do sports. Well I’m a personal trainer and yoga instructor now. I have been for 2 years now.
How do you inspire others?
I use my yoga as a way to help people with chronic conditions because I have learned that even doing one or two yoga classes a week can help a lot as can any type of exercise. I inspire people with chronic conditions to get fit and be active.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
When I was first diagnosed I didn’t take it as well as everyone had thought. I ended up leaving high school and getting my GED and then deciding I needed to do something more with my life. The first time I went to college I went for Web Development. I have an associates degree in that. I did that for awhile and decided it wasn’t enough so I again went for another associates degree in Graphic Design. I did that until 2010 while I wasn’t really taking care of myself and by then I not only had severe peripheral neuropathy but also autonomic neuropathy which ended with me having to have a pacemaker in 2012 after having two heart ablations in 2009 and 2010. It really wasn’t until I met my husband (second) that I really realized that 1)someone want to have children with me and 2)that I could do anything I want. I started on the path of weight lifting in 2011 after the birth of my son and then started yoga in 2012. I decided to get my yoga instructors certification in 2014 after the birth of my daughter. My husband and I run a personal training and yoga fitness business called Legionz Fitness and Ascension Yoga. I plan on expanding my business to not only locals but to people all over the world on a website once I’m able to practice again as I just recently had knee surgery.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Yes it has. I have survived many thing that I shouldn’t have survived. It has made me realize that I was chosen to have this to be able to help others with chronic conditions and to give back to people.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks. Just have to distract them long enough to get them all together.