What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Well I haven’t really been asked any super weird questions, just the normal stuff every diabetic gets “Did you get diabetes from eating to much sugar?” Or the statements like “My grandpa has diabetes.” Or “I thought all diabetics were fat.” But all diabetics get that.
How do you inspire others?
I have a class with another diabetic girl. She has only had diabetes for a few months but she is very unhappy. She talks about how she just eats and feels sick and how she hates taking shots. I try to stay positive for her and give her tips. I try to do the best I can to teach her everything I’ve learned in my 7 years of experience. I recommended my endo doctor to her and I tell her stuff about my Omnipod. I don’t know if I’m actually helping her or not but I hope she is doing better.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has affected me in both negative and positive ways. How we found out I had diabetes was a little scary. I was diagnosed when I was eight years old. So, just like any other eight year old I loved playing outside and watching cartoons until one day I didn’t. Instead of watching cartoons I would rather sit in my room and stare at the wall for hours. My mom said I started saying stuff like I wanted jump out my window. They started to suspect that I had a personality disorder but when I started wetting the bed again and drinking water like a crazy lunatic they suspected diabetes. My sugar was 1,091 when I actually went into the hospital. Doctors were telling me they didn’t understand how I was not in a coma or even still alive which is traumatic to an eight year old. I’ve also had other bad experiences like my moms best friend also had type one diabetes and when I was diagnosed she became my sort of “mentor” and we became close, but four years ago she died of a severe low blood sugar that put her in a coma for weeks before she passed. I’ve had my own experience with extreme low blood sugars as well as seizures and DKA. This all has caused me to have severe anxiety. I know I don’t sound very encouraging, but having diabetes has made me so much stronger. I have learned to be more conscious and mature because every decision I make affects my body in some way. My sister once asked me if I would rather have a broken arm for the rest of my life or diabetes. My response was diabetes, because it doesn’t prevent me from doing anything like a broken arm would. I don’ think God would have given me diabetes if He didn’t think I could handle it and I love proving my strength every day that passes.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks.