I am an 18 year old diabetic that was diagnosed 6 years ago in middle school. It’s been a struggle throughout the years, you know with my family and all. It’s hit my mom the hardest cause she’s a single mother trying to handle my older brother and I. They always know when my blood sugar is high cause I’m always angry, or whenever my emotions are out of control. Sometimes I always want to just give up. But then I realize who is in my life and wants me to be alive.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest thing I’ve been asked is, “is it contagious?” My response was, “oh yeah it’s totally contagious. No it’s genetic.”

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes I’ve been told I couldn’t do a lot of things. It made me feel like I wasn’t worth anything. But in the end when it came down to it I proved them wrong and succeed.

How do you inspire others?
I help people believe that just because you have a disease, it doesn’t make you any less of a person than you already are. It makes you different from everyone else. You just have to strive and work for what you want even though it might take some time.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Mentally: it makes me think twice before I do something that could affect me.

Physically: I feel stronger than I ever thought I could be. And then sometimes I feel like my energy is being drained from my body.

Emotionally: my emotions are everywhere nowadays.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I would fight one horse sized duck. It may be stronger but at least there would only be one of them.

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