What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I was asked by a customer at the restaurant I was working at if they could catch it from eating food I had made.

I just looked at them funny and moved on

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was told that I would never be the starting goalkeeper on my lacrosse team. But by senior year I was.

How do you inspire others?
I spend as much time as possible as a volunteer for camp kudzu which is a T1D camp in Georgia. It was pretty much the only reason I was able to cope with my diabetes as a kid and I want to provide that same experience for as many other kids as I can.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It’s gotten me into a little bit of trouble. In seventh grade I got my first Animas pump. Needless to say I had a run in with a substitute teacher. She was so convinced it was a pager that she actually ripped it out of my side. The string of expletives that followed should have gotten me suspended but luckily the principal understood the situation and I didn’t get in any trouble.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has made me who I am and once again that’s mostly because of camp. Going to camp gave me leadership experience as well as providing a support group of amazing friends that I can talk to about my diabetes. I can truly say that camp saved my life both physically and emotionally.

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