I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in middle school. While using insulin shot injections I maintained poor control of my blood sugars. I was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) twice by age 17. I switched to using an Omnipod insulin pump and have since had better blood sugar levels.I am a mother to a beautiful 5 year old girl and work 911 EMS. Life is good, you just have to take it one step at a time.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I was asked if my Omnipod on my arm was a ketchup packet from Chick-fil-a?!?!?! My response was no that’s my insulin pump to help control my Diabetes, but good guess 😀
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes! I’ve been told on multiple occasions that 911 EMS is not a job for a diabetic. After 4 years of experience on the ambulance I just smile and tell them to ask any of my patients who’s life I have saved. My patients never complained or even knew a difference while I was giving them life saving measures.
How do you inspire others?
I love to share what has worked (and maybe not worked so well) for me, personally with my patients. I feel that my personal experiences really help others with their Diabetes management.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has forced me to grow up and take responsibility at an early age. While my classmates were out at recess I was managing my health and giving myself insulin shot just to stay alive. I’ve always had to be more conscious of my surroundings and preplan every trip.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck. That way I can focus my strength and efforts into one battle instead of 100 little battles.