I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Nov 14 in 2001. My life looks different for me now than it did then. I’ve become an RN, a wife and a mother of two. I’m currently in grad school and will be a Nurse Practitioner in Dec 2016. I wouldn’t have considered going into healthcare prior to my diagnosis. I’m thankful for this disease and the perspective it’s given me when caring for people with chronic diseases. I don’t always appreciate it but I can’t let it keep me from a successful life.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
You must have had a sweet tooth as a kid, why aren’t you fat?

Well, why aren’t you fat? Do you know what type 1 diabetes is? It’s an autoimmune disease that causes your pancreas to stop producing insulin. It is not caused by a diet high in sugar. Your weight has very little to do with it.

How do you inspire others?
I hope I lead by example and my patients can see how to manage their diabetes.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
1 horse sized, 100 would be too much for my ADD.

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