It started when I lost 30lb in a month with a lot of thirst. The doctor was surprised I had type 1 at the age of 20. These five years have been the hardest for me since I just started actually taking care of myself. I been in the hospital for DKA about three times. My a1c was 13 and now my A1c is 9.4. In about two months I have dropped my a1c. It still a struggle everyday but I manage…it is part of my life .

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
If the shots hurt or is MY skin use to the shots? Of course it can hurt!

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I do martial arts and most of my family said I wouldn’t able to do it after I got diagnosed since the bruises might not heal. I am still in martial arts kicking butt.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I got diagnosed when I was older and it affected me at work and school. I got bad grades was tired all the time. I was a server by that time and couldn’t carry the trays of plates since I had lost a lot of muscle mass. It affected me emotionally as well I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me. I went into depression several years.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I feel like I’m a stronger women . I have accepted this as part of my life. I am no longer running away from the situation. I have decided to love myself for whoI am.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 sized ducks

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