What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest/most annoying question I get asked is, “Did you eat too much sugar as a child?” It makes me feel like I’m being blamed for having this disease when, in reality, there’s nothing I could’ve done differently to prevent it.

How do you inspire others?
I’d like to think I inspire others by staying positive despite all the negatives that are being thrown my way.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a month before my senior year of high school. I had spent my entire summer with undiagnosed diabetes and the miserable symptoms. When I was first admitted to the hospital in July 2015, my hemoglobin A1C was 11.6! I was shocked and never expected anything like this to happen to me, although no one ever does. I began my senior year living with a challenge that I knew would never go away. Despite everything, diabetes has made me realize how strong I can be, and I’m extremely proud to say that I’ve gotten my A1C down to just 6.1 in just 3 months!

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