I am the captain of the varsity Brandeis University Women’s Soccer team in Waltham, Ma and I am currently on the pump and working out for preseason which starts in less than a month. I am a pre-law student and plan to attend law school after undergrad. My family lives in Birmingham, AL and I have a younger brother and sister who are both 14, and 3 dogs.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
When I was younger and didn’t move my injection sites around as often as I should, one of my friends asked me, “how do you get your triceps so big?! What exercises do you do?!” And of course I didn’t have a good lie, so I just said “give a lot of insulin shots”
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I’m told by people (who aren’t educated about type 1) that I can’t eat sweets and they ask if there’s something else I would like, and I always pull out my pump, give my insulin, and grab all the dessert and ask “why?”
How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by performing my best on the soccer field and in the classroom. There are so many people who complain about having a bad day, or doing poor on an exam, or not having a good practice, and I love when I’m having a great game and it’s half time and take my sugar, give insulin and focus on my health and show everyone that there could be other things worse in life. Living with an chronic disease has made me put such a perspective on life and really helped me understand that there could be much worse things going on in my life, and you have to learn to go with whatever life throws at you. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I love diabetes for teaching me that at such a young age.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?