Heather

heather

As most people with diabetes I feel as though I could not “briefly” summarize my story. I have created a small fund with my full story and would love for you to read that instead to fully understand my challenges if you go to: www.gofundme.com/51borg 🙂
However a little something about myself, I am a 24 year old living in the beautiful city of Boston, MA with my golden retriever pup who is the love of my life! I have an amazing huge loving, funny and supportive family. I love working out, playing sports and being active. I truly believe in everything happening for a reason and wouldn’t change my lives challenges for that reason because it has made me who I am today and I rather have a story to help and inspire people who need to over come challenges.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
More of a statement but “You don’t look like you have diabetes”..I normally respond sarcastically (my dads gene) saying I didn’t know Diabetes had a fashion trend…but then explain the differences of type one and two two and how most type two diabetes suffer from obesity which might have a “look” of being diabetic.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I have always grown up playing sports, soccer, basketball, track and tennis if it was competitive and I could win I was game! When I was first diagnosed there was the struggle and worry of how much I could play for a certain time period before getting low or being to high. Which was frustrating because all I wanted to do was play, not come off the field every 20 min to check my blood sugar eat a Special K bar and drink Gatorade. (Which having in your tummy while running around for 90 min was a struggle) I strived most at playing soccer which continued into my college career as an athlete. I proved players and new coaches wrong that I was a starter and didn’t want or need a substitute. I played outside midfielder on our benches side so that when the play was on the opposite side of the field I could check my BG quick, chug a Gatorade or eat a bar. Most of my coaches and team mates found it comical which it was if you didn’t have an idea of what was going on. But I never wanted or needed to hear the excuse “Oh yea she had to come off because of her diabetes.” I wanted “Yea she played the whole game and has diabetes.”

How do you inspire others?
I feel like in general people who have diseases/cancer/sicknesses/learning disabilities ect don’t ever plan on inspiring others. I know I have been given diabetes because I could handle the mental struggle/emotional struggle/physical struggle. I didn’t chose diabetes but would never want to not have it because then it might be handed to someone who isn’t  as capable of handling everything that comes with it. I always try to self reflect that things can always be worse and I think people pick up on that energy.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I mean each day could be a story. It affects me every day. Which I don’t think most people understand. They just think “oh don’t have sugar and you are fine right?” But I think it mostly affects the unknown for me. My future. Will my spouse be supportive/understanding when my blood sugar is high and I get irritated? When I want to have children how will the pregnancy go? Will my children understand that mommy has to take shots all the time? Will it scare them? When will my vision start to fade? Will I have kidney failure? Each day might be a story but after each day I know I’m alive and well its the following day of the unknown that affects me.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Mentally having diabetes has made me a stronger person. I am deathly afraid of needles ironically enough and being told you have to prick and stick your self with a needle to live is a mental challenge every day.
Physically diabetes hasn’t really changed me I have always grown up with sports and being active if anything it has made me more ripped haha because of what I have to eat and while lifting and working out is a great combo! So, I personally would say diabetes has affected me in a positive way for my health and looks.
Emotionally diabetes affects me every day. I have turned into a closet cryer I’ll admit it! I get scared living alone wondering if I’ll get a low blood sugar in the night and not wake up. I get frustrated when my blood sugars get low during a work out or even going on a first date. Nothing like a good ice breaker (weeds them out pretty quick though haha) I know it affects my mom especially because I know she worries which makes me sad. But most of the time being emotionally strong is the same as being mentally strong so if those two I can control I’m just like any normal bubbly, sarcastic, outgoing kind of girl.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I don’t think I could fight a duck at any size or however many there are. I would just feed them bread and say “here, you have the carbs I shouldn’t have” 🙂


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