Hi! I’m Hannah! I’m from Southern California and I am 22 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was in sixth grade. I am on a t:slim insulin pump and check my blood sugars 4-6 times a day. I recently graduated from college with a degree in kinesiology and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. One thing I know for sure is that my diabetes will not hold me back!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Why is your iPod connected to you by a tube? (When seeing my insulin pump on my hip)

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
When diagnosed, I was told that sports would have to be limited. I proved this wrong when I played four years of varsity soccer in high school and swam on a competitive swim team.

How do you inspire others?
I refused to let diabetes hold me back. Some people think I can’t eat certain things or exercise a certain way. But I prove them wrong by participating in every day life without my diabetes having a negative effect.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I have two younger sisters who know nothing different than having an older sister with Type 1 diabetes. I want to be a positive role model for them and demonstrate how to persevere and let nothing hold you back. Sometimes their friends ask why their sister had a weird machine connected to her or why she has to sit out of an activity. I make sure they understand and can clearly communicate to their friends that this is not a big deal.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I feel that I had to mature earlier than other kids. Type 1 diabetes is A LOT of responsibility from testing blood sugars to changing pump sites to carrying around equipment and snacks. I had to mentally wrap my head around the lifestyle this disease requires. Emotionally, I have swinging moods due to my range of blood sugars. I now know myself well enough to hold back and control my highs and lows. Diabetes forces an individual to grow up and take life into your own hands.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular Ducks…

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