My name is Erin and I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for approximately 8 1/2 years now. I was diagnosed as just gestational  diabetic.  All the doctors and the nurses told me that the diabetes “always goes away”. I weigh now what I did when I was 9 months pregnant. I was extremely fit and  healthy at that point in my life and when I was put on insulin a week into the gestational  diabetes diagnosis, I knew that something was wrong. Fast forward to my six week postpartum checkup and I had already lost my baby weight and then some. The doctor ran some tests and I was showing antibodies-I was officially a type 1 diabetic at the age of almost 33. ZERO family history.  I also knew no type 1 diabetic’s at the time. It took the highest of my highs, having a six week old baby, to the lowest of my lows dealing with a chronic and lifelong disease. At this point when I have two gorgeous children that are 8 and 7 years old, a husband, and a dog.  I’m also a teacher, I put a happy face on every morning, get up bright and early to exercise and make everything OK In my world; I put one foot in front of the other and some days are just better than others. It’s a battle I fight every day around the clock and I have no choice. But I do have a choice to face it head on and with a smile…living his health fully as I can. For my children, my dog, my husband, and most importantly myself. 🙂

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Do you need insulin?

No-at this point I just need sugar. I’m having a little blood sugar and need juice.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Sometimes I think my biggest enemy is myself and I constantly have to prove to myself that I am capable of doing everything I dreamed of and facing all my fears.

How do you inspire others?
I get up at 5 AM every day to work out. I participated in the tour de cure and raised over $1000 last year. I’m a fighter, warrior, but I’m also a lover and a mother. It’s a fine balance. Something I struggle to maintain every day. Many people in my life don’t know about my internal health struggles. They are always surprised to hear such news when they find out, saying that they didn’t know I struggled with such a difficult diagnosis when I always seem so happy and upbeat. If only they knew the demons I faced on a daily basis 🙁

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks.  Sounds like my day every day and all night. A constant battle, never knowing exactly what you’re up against or when the next one will strike. 100 ducks are just much cuter than facing a low or  high blood sugars or unexpected activity.

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