My name is Chloe, I am 15 years old, and I have diabetes… But it does not have me. I’ve been a cheerleader since I was four. My dad gave me the name “diabetidont” because at times… I act like I have a working pancreas.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I was at a water park, and my site was showing on my back. So I was waiting in line, and a lady behind me asks how long I’ve quit smoking for. I looked at her and asked her what she was talking about (I’ve never smoked in my life, never plan on it). She pointed to my site, and told her it was an insulin pump port….. For which then I had to explain diabetes and the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by doings things people say I can’t, and encouraging others to do what people tell them they can’t. I inspire people by always being positive, and bringing awareness to diabetes. I have nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to my diabetes. And I always tell people to love who they are and love what they have… Cause it can always be worse than what it is.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has honestly humbled me. I’ve met amazing people, and I am glad that I am a diabetic. If I wasn’t a diabetic, then I believe I wouldn’t be the strong person I am today. Just in these four years of being one, it has affected the people around me, and myself. I’ve inspired many people, and hope to inspire many more in the future.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes had made me mentally stronger because through all the ups and downs, you have to be patient, strong, and in a sense, smart. I’ve also gotten emotionally stronger, four years ago I had a fear of needles and doctors. I had to outgrow that fear, I couldn’t be scared of needles.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck