Hello! My name is Jenna. I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 10 years. When I was first diagnosed my blood sugars were great. Throughout high school I struggled to keep them below 200. In the past year I have worked very hard to fix my A1C (which was over a 10). With help and support from my loving boyfriend, Tom, my A1C is now 6.2 and I feel better than ever!
Only a year after I was diagnosed, my little brother was also diagnosed with T1D. Regardless of our disease we have both become very accomplished. I am currently attending my dream university and studying psychology. I am a part of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and next year I hope to attend graduate school to get my PsyD in School Psych. As far as my brother goes, today he graduated high school, will be attending our community college, and works very hard at a local business.
Remember that diabetes can only hold you back if you let it! Take care of yourself and strive to reach your goals. You can do it!
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
More than one person has asked me if I can spread it to them. In response, I laugh and then explain exactly what diabetes is and how it is not contagious. Once, I dropped my pre-filled insulin pen without realizing and a classmate picked it up thinking is was a pen to write with. He cut his hand because the cap fell off and then freaked out thinking he was going to get diabetes! After I calmed him down, we laughed it off and tended his (small) scrape.
I never mind people asking questions, weird or funny! It’s a great way for them to learn.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks. (Why are we fighting? haha)