I live an active lifestyle. My favorite things to do are play sports, travel, hike and take photos where ever I go. I am the oldest of 4 and was diagnosed as an adult. I am glad that they do not have to deal with the ups and downs of this disease. I also coach soccer and educate my players as well as other people about the real facts of T1D.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
So far just are you allowed to eat normal food? I always answer with yes, I can eat whatever I’d like to as long as I carb count and watch my bg.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes. My office manager told me that I couldn’t have a Krispy Kreme doughnut  that was brought in for the staff. I enjoyed 2 doughnuts right in front of him!

How do you inspire others?
I decided to carry on as normal after my diagnosis . I also educate people that would otherwise continue thinking that the false facts are true.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has allowed me to see that nothing is too much to handle. It gets tough at times but you push through those times. I hate needles but I have realized that no matter how many times I have use them, life is still great. You want always like what you have to do but there is too much to experience to just sit back and be defeated.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I am tougher in all of those ways but I have also become more empathetic towards others. I seriously feel like I can do anything because I have made it through such serious and tough times.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck. I already tried the 100 in middle school with friends when we went to a local lake with bags of bread to feed them. I had never seen a wave of ducks until then. Thank God the car was close because we would of been goners!

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