I suck at brief bios, so I’ll just copy my twitter one since its short:
AV geek. Yeager Airport Intern. FAA Licensed Private Pilot (ASEL). Writer. Eagle Scout. Type One Diabetic. HS Senior. 18.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Them: Did you try that (insert random cure for T1D) that was on the news last night?
Me: If it were real I would know, trust me.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was told I would never act as Pilot in Command of any aircraft.. guess I showed them.
How do you inspire others?
I never take no for an answer, right now the FAA won’t let anyone with T1D fly commercially. Someday, I’ll get to give a welcomed aboard speech on an airliner that I’m operating. I’ve already proven T1D (and your age) doesn’t have to limit you at all. I flew an airplane solo at 16 (youngest legal age) and became an FAA Licensed Private Pilot at 17 (youngest legal age) all with T1D. I was a licensed pilot before I was a licensed driver.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I try to always focus on the positive with diabetes. The only thing that truly bothers me is I currently can’t become an airline pilot with T1D. I say currently because I’m very hopeful and confident the regulations will change sooner than later.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has taught me how to take adversity and turn into the inspiration and motivation to do what I want to do in life. Had I not been diagnosed with T1D I wouldn’t have ended up stuck in an airport for 9 hours and discovered how passionate about aviation I am. (It’s a long story) Now, 12 years later I’ve traveled a lot, flown airplanes, become a pilot, and met some pretty incredible people.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks… It’s like life, you have to get the smaller stuff right first before you can move onto the bigger things. If you tackle one duck at a time you can conquer them all with time. Its like life’s obstacles.