I’m a writer, a thinker, a lover, a weirdo. Being a diabetic is only part of who I am. But at the same time, it’s all of me.

I was diagnosed at 15. Ten years on shots, and I’ve made the big switch to a pump. Couldn’t be happier!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
My friends always used to ask if they could give me my insulin shots. I’ve let a few of them do it. They’re always more calm and focused than I’ve ever seen them in their lives!

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
My grandma once told me, “You can’t eat that donut! What about your diabetes?!” So I took a big bite right in her face. And then I bolused. Sorry, grandma.

How do you inspire others?
I have never let diabetes hold me back from anything I’ve wanted to do! This year marks ten years since I was diagnosed as T1D, and in those ten years I have accomplished everything that I’ve wanted. I played sports year round. I got a bachelor’s degree and am working on a master’s. I went skydiving. I’ve seen the beauty of France from the top of the Eiffel Tower. I’ve minded the gap in the London Underground. I went scuba diving off the Australian coast. I spent an interesting night in Amsterdam and fell in love with Venice on a gondola ride. I’ve celebrated St Patrick’s Day with the Irish in Dublin. I’ve visited ten different countries on three different continents, and I’m not going to stop!

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Having diabetes as a woman is depressing at times. My hormones have never been balanced, and it’s unlikely I’ll be able to get pregnant without medical assistance. My fiance and I have decided to adopt, whether we can have biological children or not. But it’s still a bummer to have a damaged body.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
T1D has given me a different perspective on life than most of my friends. When you’re living with a disease that you fight day in and day out, you tend to focus on the positives instead of the negatives. I feel lucky that diabetes is such a manageable disease. No matter what happens in my life, I know that things could always be worse.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I’d rather fight 100 regular sized ducks! A horse sized duck sounds terrifying!!

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