Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I have been a baton twirler and dancer since I started walking. It has always been my passion, but when diabetes came into the picture things started to change. I really thought that my career was over and I would never be able to fulfill my dreams of becoming a professional dancer or continuing my twirling on the collegiate level. I soon realized that I wasn’t going to let diabetes be a bump in the road for me. I started twirling again and I haven’t stopped since. Throughout my twirling years I’ve had many coaches and teachers tell me that diabetes would have a lot of restrictions on my athletic life. Hearing that come from one of your leaders can sometimes really hurt, but I just have to tell myself that I’m not going to let those negative comments bring me down or stop me. I am currently a senior in high school and in the spring of 2018 I will be trying out to be an University of Alabama Crimsonette. I’m beating diabetes and showing that it’s possible to live your dream if you set your mind to it.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has definitely shaped and formed me into who I am today. I’ve been through ups and downs throughout my journey, but having diabetes has made me into a stronger person not only physically but mentally too.

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