I am a happy dude living with diabetes who jokes and laughs to the world. This world is a depressing place but we were not put here to mourn and cry! We were put here to make others times more bearable and enjoyable because it’s rough on everyone so in my mind why make a scene of my problems when I can just help others with theirs and then give them the best friend to talk to about anything! God!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I haven’t been asked to many weird questions but I think the funniest one would be from a person who was one of my friends and asked me what was normal for my “blood pressure” and I said well it needs to be 100 through 150 and on my meter I was 566…it was a rough day… but anyways she said oh so is that bad like do you need some candy or something and it just makes me laugh when people are clueless about something. Ps she still calls my blood sugar my blood pressure I’ve given up trying to correct or inform her…

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Well I have these awesome grandparents who insist on telling me I can’t eat things and they always get me sugar free or like gluten free things and I’ve explained to them alot that I can eat what ever I want! They just don’t seem to get it… so the next time we were at a family thing I ate every sugary thing I could and every time they questioned me I told them to look at me and asked them if you didn’t know I had diabetes could you really tell I have it? (I’m not super big but I’m not overweight haha I’m just 186 pounds and 6 foot 2 I mean I throw in track our 2 hour practices are basically just building muscle!)

How do you inspire others?
Well I try and always be happy and if not at least look at it and bring joy to everybody. My mother has type 2 in her family line so she knows the effects it has. We were at Disney world and she eventually figured it out and so after we got home we went straight to the hospital. I kept calm and was fine with it all while she cried and the doctors said sorry but when my mom was out of the room I over heard her talking to my doctor and I remember the doc saying I’ve never had a kid be so okay with this! I told them all I don’t care that I have it just tell me what I need to do and I will live with it until God shows me why he blessed me with this opportunity to really change people through this. I knew and still know I can inspire and change lives so while it may be a curse I use it as a blessing which fits right in with my character of having others be happy by going out of my own comfort zone!

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes affects my everyday life but that’s fine with me. It’s just something that happens and I can’t do anything about it so why not use it as something good rather then a curse. Example in Pirates of the Caribbean Jack uses the curse of the gold coins to beat Barbosa! He used it as something good and that’s what I’m going to do!

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Well when I was younger I was bullied a lot and when I switched schools I was worried it would be the same but I was loved and taken in. The year after I came I was diagnosed and honestly it’s made me realize that my faults are what make me unique! I’m friends with everybody and make a fool of myself so others can’t and it honestly makes everybody happy and nobody really gets picked on because I know how rough bullying can be so I would much rather it be me than anybody else.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks so I could love and take care of them all but I wouldn’t mind having the big one too nothing is wrong with that!

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