Hi, I’m Jacqui! I’m a passionate dancer, traveler, and an enthusiast for adventures. I value my loved ones dearly and am thoughtful of others. Laughter is my best medicine.
My Instagram is j_quelina (Jacqui Milara)
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has affected me when I first traveled alone to Spain to study abroad. The distance and time for my body to adjust to the environment affected me mentally and physically. For the first week, I was generally tired and became stressed out with having to manage my T1D in a foreign place. After continuously seeing my glucose in the high number range and not improving, I finally expressed my concern to my house hostess and she helped me relax by using her massage therapeutic skills. After opening up about my frustration and having my hostess help me release physical stress, my glucose numbers decreased and I learned that being stressing out doesn’t accomplish improving my state with T1D.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Having type one diabetes has molded me to become the independent, outgoing, and humble woman that I am today. It shaped my moral values by learning to appreciate the time that I share with others and to immerse myself wherever I am. Type one diabetes has taught me to surpass the stigma that is attached with this disease by pursuing my passions that challenge it. I thrive on challenges, so dealing with T1D daily has become one that motivates me to show myself and to others that I am in control of my life, not T1D.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I would rather fight one horse sized duck- that way, I know exactly where the large duck is waddling!