Hi I’ve been diabetic for maybe 6 months, I’m an eagle scout and a cyclist. Also, I’d like 2 think I’m cool B^)

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
“Isn’t that what Brett Michaels has??”
My response: what? You mean the bedazzled cowboy hat?

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
My brother said to me today “won’t you die if you eat 2 bowls of pasta” I shrugged him off and told him, “I have IN-sulin so technically I’m IN-vincible”

How do you inspire others?
I love to ride my bike and I love to help other Dia-buddies when they need it. If someone needs help I will gladly do it with no questions asked. I’m an eagle scout and I volunteer in my boy scout troop and help younger scouts with their goals. My dream is to be a rider for team Novo Nordisk.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I was diagnosed on January 12th 2015. My diagnosis was literally on the first day of my spring semester, I felt so confused and wondered why I had it, and I blamed myself when I know it wasn’t my fault. I ended up withdrawing from my courses because I needed to learn more about diabetes before I could go back to school. I ended up going back and now I am taking summer classes, but because of this I have limited financial aid and I’m concerned about my fall semester but I’m sure everything will be alright.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Besides diabetes I have OCD and other things that effect me. Not to mention my family has had a rough couple of years. About 2 years ago my dad fell 22 feet off of a roof and landed on his head and now he is disabled, my brother was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson a year after that incident and this year I was diagnosed with the betes. I don’t know if it’s bad luck or this is happening to me to make me a cooler dude. Either way this has made me more aware of what it means to take “care of yourself.” When things are difficult just remember that even though you may have a chronic illness or you may be having a hard time that everything will continue whether you like it or not. Even if there is a negative outcome don’t quit and persevere because you will succeed and you will become truly incredible!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Horse sized duck. But wouldn’t PETA get mad??

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