I am a Christian, A Husband, A Father of 4 and a T1 Diabetic. I love to workout, run and be outdoors and grill/cook healthy foods. I was first diagnosed in June of 2013 after having all the signs and symptoms of diabetes. I was not the “typical” diabetic according to general public conceptuin. At 6’6″ #240 muscular and in shape everyone said you dont look like a diabetic; but I was. There is a long family history and I knew what I had before the official doctors diagnosis. Although I knew about it, I was not prepared for the mental and physical strain it put on me. It causes you to rethink your whole life and adjusting is a constant battle. The fight becomes easier after a while but the mental battle is never won. I understand why people want to give up but let me encourage everyone of you! You are not alone! I appreciate the faces of diabetes for their hard work in connecting a big diabetic support family all across the Globe.

Question #1: What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?

“I thought only fat people got diabetes?”

Question #2: Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?

They know better than to challenge me. 🙂

Question #3: How do you inspire others?

I stay active in the gym and outdoors. I won’t let this stop me! I try and educate those around me about staying active, eating right, and the different types diabetes and how to possibly prevent them.

Question #4: Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.

It has made me tougher and want to stay more active and healthy.

Question #5: How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?

It has made me more aware of all aspects of life. I try to stay positive and physically strong. I want to inspire!

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