Erica

erica

I am married and currently work as a biscuit maker for Hardees. I have several tattoos and piercings. I am the proud owner of 3 Maltese and I love all things biology and anatomy related.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I was asked what is a pancreas (after telling them my pancreas doesn’t make any insulin) and after telling about it they asked if they had one. I literally just laughed and said of course! You couldn’t live without it!

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes. A classmate brought cupcakes to school back when I was a senior and she said I couldn’t have one because she didn’t want to be responsible for my death. The teacher made her give me one and I ate it like it was nothing.

How do you inspire others?
I always try to be upbeat and positive especially around my coworkers to let then know I am still a normal person. I tell fellow diabetics to keep up the good work to help them not feel so alone.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I was experiencing major depression a while back and I found some diabetics on instagram to talk to and it made me feel so much better to have a group that I could turn to for advice. They always answer any questions I may have.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes made me realize that I am stronger than what I give myself credit for. I always doubted my strength but now I know I am a warrior and I will continue to fight and grow both mentally and physically. But I will never be emotionally strong because I am such a softie, I cry too easily!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Definitely 100 regular sized ducks. I live near a lake so I know I could take them. Lol


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