Jaren

Jaren

I’m 10,but my birthday is in December so I said I was 11. I’m in fifth grade. I’ve had diabetes for almost 2 years. My family has really worked hard to earn money for JDRF and research, especially my mom. We just did a 5k in Spokane, Washington last week. My team raised almost 1,700 dollars! I play baseball and football, but only football right now. I want to be in the NFL or MLB someday. Seahawks are my favorite, but I like Jay Cutler on the Bears too, because he’s diabetic like me and he is a famous quarterback. I’m totally good at science too, and math, and someday after I’m famous from playing a sport, I want to be a veterinarian and help animals who get diabetes. My GG has a cat that’s diabetic and it has to have shots just like me. That’s all.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Are you a robot?

I told the boy that it was my cgm, and it helped my diabetes. It was funny that he didn’t believe me!

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Actually, no one has ever said that, but I wouldn’t listen to them if they did.

How do you inspire others?
I want to play in the NFL or MLB, and show kids like me that they can do anything they want to do.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Well, besides all the normal things like counting my carbs, which is hard, I kind of found out that I’m a little bit shy about being different from the other kids in my class.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’m in great shape because of it, and I’m way better at math than a lot of other kids in my class!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Totally one horse size duck. It’s easier to fight one big thing than 100 tiny things, because you don’t know which way the little things are going to come from! With one, you can fight it face to face.


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