I was diagnosed 3 days after starting my freshman year of high school. I had a big struggle to get to where I am today. Now I proudly wear my pump for 8 years now and live life to the fullest.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
If needles hurt….. Well, *sigh*, they do. But over time you just get used to it.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
All the time. One of my best friends says I can’t eat cookies without possibly dying. So I tell him there’s only 2 things I can’t eat. 1. Cookies with poison. And 2. Poison.

How do you inspire others?
I’ve been through a dark stage when I was diagnosed. I typically tell them my story. And it helps.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I’ve been able to get out of gym class because I would go too low and I used to love 60% of gym class activities.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’ve become a lot stronger because of everything I’ve overcome

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One big duck. Less to keep track of possibly biting me.

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