Hi! My name is Jayda and I was diagnosed August 2016. I’ve only been living with T1D for a year. I am a dental assistant and always on the go so it’s been a real challenge for me. Despite it all with my friends and family and coworkers I have stayed motivated and got my A1C from 13.6 down to a 6.4 in four months. So don’t let anyone tell you anything is impossible or out of reach.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Weirdest question i ever got asked I was working out at the gym when a lady noticed my pump and said so your diabetic what are you doing here your diabetic you can’t be at the gym can you ?
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
The doctors that I had when I was diagnosed told me I wouldn’t get my A1C from a 13.6 down below 7 for at least a year.
How do you inspire others?
I’ve inspired the doctor I work for. She tells me all the time I am the most determined person she’s ever met and that diabetes doesn’t slow me down.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
There are several diabetics in my family so me being diagnosed was a shock but I always knew there was a chance. It’s affected me to the fact that many people honestly have no clue what it is. Going out to eat with friends always turns into well can you have that? Can you eat that? Can you do that?
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’m more aware of my health and making healthier choices and working towards doing more. I would love to be able to travel and speak with others like me or at schools to inform people that yes diabetes is life changing, threatening, and altering. It’s ok to not completely understand it but that just because someone is diabetic doesn’t mean they are less of a person .
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Lol well one horse sized duck you only have one target to outsmart or run.