I enjoy running and being active. I love being really busy, but not forgetting to stop to appreciate the little things.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was diagnosed at 17 years old in July, one month before I was about to leave for my freshmen year of college, and first preseason as a collegiate soccer player.
While my parents and doctors supported me in my decision to move 3 states away to pursue my dreams, a lot of people I told thought that I was crazy.
Though there were harrowing experiences, and looking back I think I may have been a little crazy, I am proud of myself for not letting diabetes stop me from reaching my goals.
How do you inspire others?
Previous to being diagnosed I had never thought about a career in the health field. But this disease has awakened my call to help people. It’s my dream to provide healthcare in a third-world country. While it seems far fetched to me, and I have no idea what I am doing, or where I am going I know that I can work hard to achieve it.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It’s definitely contributed to my physical being in that I’ve been much more conscious about my body and health, and how to treat it. While everyone has repercussions for not treating their body well, for diabetics the consequences can be much more severe. Through that first wake up call, and dealing with this disease, I’ve been able to figure out what works me nutritionally, as well as steer myself emotionally and become sharper mentally.