Im 24 years old, type one diabetic for almost one year now. I am a very hard worker and respectful human being. I have a boyfriend for 5 years and we have 3 dogs together. I love to go on nature walks and do jigsaw puzzles.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Once at a family birthday party, after recently being diagnosed, we sang happy birthday and they were handing out birthday cake. When I grabbed a plate with a piece of cake my grandpa precedes to notice and then asks if I had all my medication figured out. I replied with “are you asking me this because I’m eating a piece of cake?”. Yes my grandma then goes and says you shouldn’t be eating cake.

How do you inspire others?
I inspired others because I took control back of my life and my sugars. My family are inspired because at the age of 23 I changed my whole life around. Once diagnosed, I felt like I had nothing left. Now looking back I know I can show others its a tough mountain to move but you’re here to show others it can be moved!

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I am very happy person, I smile a lot and love to laugh. Thats why they call me bubbles, but once I got diagnosed with diabetes all my bubbles popped. I wasn’t the person I wanted to be anymore. Depressed, always angry, hurting the people who were trying to tell me everything will be okay. Finally took me 6 months to realize diabetes shouldn’t control my life, feelings, and how I live day to day. I took a step back and realized I should be happy I’m still alive. I needed to over power my diabetes and not let it control me. I put a smile back on my face and a laugh back in my heart. My bubbles were back and I wasn’t going to let diabetes destroy them.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has formed me into a lovely young lady who has decided to never give up. Diabetes gave me depression and I’ve over come it because diabetes shouldn’t control anything, you should control it. When the tough gets going, the going get tough.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
On horse size duck because if theres only one of me i feel like i would have a better chance running away or fighting one.

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