Colleen

Colleen

Almost ready to be a senior in high school and so happy I found my passion, theater. I’ve been improving my role as construction crew to costume/makeup chief and learning how to run everything in that process!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
(As a fifth grader) so why do you have a pager?
I just looked at the fool and said I’m diabetic, it’s an insulin pump.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Being strong enough to run construction projects in theater crew. They were all worried about my blood sugar (nice, and frustrating). I proved them wrong by finishing the project of making platforms safe, and taught people how to do so.

How do you inspire others?
Well I don’t think I inspire anybody, everyone in theater knows it’s a part of me and just accepts it.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has affected me greatly, unfortunately I feel like it stole my childhood a bit. I can’t remember not having to worry about food, blood, insulin all the things an eight year old wouldn’t know or need too.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes made me the person I am by helping me encourage myself to become healthier. Emotionally it really is a factor in my depression, although it helps knowing I’m not alone.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck for sure would be easier to fight, one damage to it and it’s down. 100 regular ducks could team up and destroy me!


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