What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
When I had my pump a lot of kids asked if it meant I was part robot, and I even had a guy start a rumor that I had hard drugs in it. I always found it funny and would then correct them.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
All the time. I groomed dogs for a while and was in a vet science program. People thought I couldn’t make it through the class because I had to many healthy issues. I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but after the class I became a dog groomer for a long time and did wonderful at it.

How do you inspire others?
Shortly after I was diagnosed my little cousin was diagnosed with diabetes and no one in the family knew how to take care of her. I took her under my wing and taught her and her family how to take care of everything. I think she inspired me more than I did her though. She made me feel like I was diagnosed so I could help her.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
At the moment I’m 5 months pregnant. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. I’ve been hospitalized once already and my blood sugar is all over the place.  Thankfully my baby is healthy, beautiful and right on track. Diabetes had made getting pregnant and being pregnant extremely hard but it’s worth it and I can’t wait to meet my blessing in July 🙂

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
After getting diagnosed I became extremely depressed, I lost all of my friends, I became suicidal and felt like there was no point in living. It took me a long time but now I’m married, starting my family and I’ve never been happier. Diabetes made me stronger and helped me realize I can make it through everything and anything. Diabetes made me who I am.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I’ll take on the horse sized duck!

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