I was diagnosed at 7 years old on July 10, 2003 and it was a scary experience being told you have type 1 diabetes. Seeing your parents upset, especially my mama because she broke down, was hard too. As years went on I learned how to manage my diabetes with the help from my doctor and my family but going to Camp Seale Harris for the first time when I was 9 years old was the greatest. I made a lot of life long friends and they became like family to me. On December 12,2011 my baby sister Linda, or “Gabbie” as we call her, was diagnosed with type one diabetes as well. I broke down because I didn’t want her to go through any of the things she has watched me do but she has made me so proud. She has managed it so well. We are both on pumps and she has became my pump buddy!! Diabetes hasn’t stopped me or her! I graduated high school, got my CNA license, and am currently in college and Gabbie is going strong in jr. high and she is keeping her grades up. Diabetes is like bumps in a road that we will over come. In the picture I am behind my baby sister.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest question that I have ever been asked was will I out grow it. I guess that question is not weird but it hurts having to tell them that I won’t out grow it and seeing the pity in their eyes. I don’t need pity because me and my sister have fought our diabetes for years and we will fight until a cure is found.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I would get that I couldn’t eat candy or anything sweet but I would prove them wrong by getting insulin for my sour patch kids and eat it right in front of them! Luckily Gabbie hasn’t had to experience someone saying that to her yet.
How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by going to college and experiencing life to the fullest. I have my CNA license and my dream is to be a nurse and help others. So, I hope by following my dream others will be inspired to do the same.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I was treated differently in school because of my diabetes. I was given special treatment and I didn’t want any special treatment unless it was a dire emergency. I wanted to be treated like any other student. I would get teased but it made me stronger and didn’t let that affect me.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Being diagnosed at a young age I had to mentally mature enough to be able to handle my diabetes with care.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Only Edward would come up with this question… but, one horse size duck