I am a wife and mom to three amazing kids. I am an artist. I am Catholic. Oh yeah, and I am a person with diabetes. I suffered from a rare disease of the pancreas that actually led to a major life-altering surgery — a total pancreatectomy with spleenectomy and islet cell transplant. My islets were put into my liver in hopes to prevent brittle diabetes. My islets apparently haven’t liked it there. That is okay, because I am still choosing to live, even with the craziness of tackling the diabetic puzzle every day. I am strong, and I overcome.
How do you inspire others?
I have used my mess to create a message. I have fought hard for pancreas research, developed a website, created/held fundraisers, and reached out to many who have walked a similar path. It can be lonely living this life, and it is hard to even meet others with type one diabetes, but we must come together to support and care for one another… and maybe even make a change in the world of diabetes and pancreas diseases.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has given me some insecurity, some fear, and some hardships. But it has also given me a better respect for life and the challenges people overcome daily to continue creating the life they want to live.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I would rather fight one big, giant, horse-sized duck! (This makes me quack up!! 🙂