My name is Jackie, I’m also a nurse. I’ve heard every nurse Jackie joke ever thought of. Diabetics shouldn’t be bedside nurses, it’s too stressful, that’s what I’ve determined so far in my five year nursing career. I love to art, anything. I’ll make art out of sticks if that’s all I have. Diabetes is a part of my life that determines much of my life but I try not to let it run my life, I try to let passion do that. I’m working towards becoming a nurse educator, just looking for that perfect job, aka any hospital that will hire me as their nurse educator 😉
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Can all you do is just lay in bed all day? First I had to mentally identify this person’s thinking in asking this question. In which I determined he must think all people with t1d are invalids. I understand some may have complications and be confined to a bed but do not all. So I put on my professional panties and I said, no actually I’m very active in yoga, art, my puppies, crafts, etc. and I also said, people with diabetes, for the most part, can do almost anything else others can do unless they experience complications.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Another mother of a diabetic child was shocked when she found out my mom let me go away for college. I thought it was weird she wasn’t also letting her child go away for school. I’ve never let diabetes stop me from doing something I loved.

How do you inspire others?
I never stop educating and pushing a positive message. I started a blog recently http://therealnursejackie.simpl.com that love been promoting through Twitter: RLNurseJackie and Instagram: NurseJackieRealLifeand soon I will be playing videos from you tube to my site discussing all things diabetes. Once that starts I hope to make it a weekly thing for teens and adolescence and young persons to, hopefully watch, and share with their t1d friends!! I want us all to realize that this struggle we deal with everyday is only making us stronger and better people. I know it’s made me a more empathetic nurse and person.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I was exposed to mold in an apartment I lived in. I didn’t know it at the time but on a daily basis I was breathing in toxic mold. My boyfriend, who lived with me, also breathed this same air. I ended up in the hospital and jobless (still) for almost a year..and he gets migraines. I developed fungal pneumonia because of a weakened immune system and it has totally crushed me these last years. I’m still fighting my way through this.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has entirely formed me as a person. While I worked as a bed side nurse, it gave me empathy for my patients, because I knew what most of them went through. Outside my career it gave me empathy for those elderly, infantile, or those who cannot care for themselves, especially with this disease. It has made me see how scary it must be to totally rely on another to manage a disease like this. And for the caregivers, my heart breaks for their ongoing stress. Physically ill never have a soft beautiful abdomen from all the scars, but there are so far worse things that could result for a disease process that I can’t think of that as any big thang.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Def 100 regular ducks due to height advantage. I’m thinking super Mario brothers and I’m thinking its easier to kill a bunch of koopas instead of one big koopa.

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