I was born in September of 2000 and had a normal life until the end of kindergarten. That was when I would always get in trouble for going to the bathroom frequently. That summer, between kindergarten and first grade, me, my mom, and my sister went to Ocean City in New Jersey. In the three hour drive from Maryland to NJ, I peed three times both on the way there, and on the way back. I also had warm water, which I hated, and still hate to this day, so my mom scheduled a doctors appointment once we got home. The doctors suspected I had diabetes and my blood sugar was about 300-500. I forgot the exact number. I was only six years old. I stayed at the hospital for three days and three nights and was on insulin shots for less then a year before I got my first insulin pump from Medtronic. That was when I was seven and I had an odd obsession of chewing the rubber logo on the side. Now I’m 14 almost 15.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest question was probably if I was going to die. Some kid in second grade asked me this because diabetes sounds like die.. I ran away from him and came home crying.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes. Everytime I go to a party or try to eat candy, an adult who thinks they know everything try’s to tell me that I can’t have what is in my hands, usually candy. So even after you tell them the difference between type one and two diabetes, they still believe they’re right and before they can take away my candy, I eat it.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It has made me be more aware of what my body is telling me, and has made me stronger both mentally and physically.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I would rather fight 100 regular sized ducks because they’re more easy to overcome.

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