Type 1 Diabada** trying to think of this diagnosis as an opportunity to help me help people towards a healthier lifestyle. I’m a crossfit enthusiast who likes to lift heavy and move freely. I not only want to inspire diabetics, but also girls around the world, anyone who may have their own setbacks/challenges, maybe even healthy people who I could encourage to keep up their current lifestyle.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Not that anyone else has told me I couldn’t do anything, but I’ve been told things will be extra hard. At the earlier stages of my diabetes, as well as still sometimes, I have my own doubts. I’m the one who tells myself I may not be able to do some things.

But you know what… I’m lifting heavier, moving faster, pulling harder, growing bigger and stronger every day. I even stood standing with no sitting/sleeping for 46+ hours at a pediatric cancer awareness marathon.

I think sometimes proving my own self wrong makes challenges a little interesting and life a bit exciting.

How do you inspire others?
With words. I make it a point to share my life lessons with everyone and anyone as often as I can. Not only do I want to help others live a healthy lifestyle physically, but also mentally and emotionally. I try to use Instagram as my main way to connect with others… for now.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It’s changed my whole life and helped me become a stronger person.

Not many people know what it really is like to have diabetes and live with it. They don’t know what it feels like to wake up at 3am shaking and sweating looking for the first thing they could eat to survive. They don’t know what it feels like to think ahead and be prepared for the worst in all scenarios, whether it’s simply going to work, going to the gym, hiking, sleeping over at a friend’s.

I used to use diabetes as almost an excuse for my failures.

“Because I have diabetes I can’t finish this workout. Because I have diabetes I can’t stand for 46 hours. Because I have diabetes I can’t have a healthy body. Because I have diabetes I’m going to inconvenience my friends, my girlfriend, my family and coworkers in worrying about me and having to take care of me.”

But I’ve learned to rise above. I’ve learned that my friends and family would LOVE to help me because they love me. As long as I’m careful and know my limits and love myself over ego, I’m actually able to do anything.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck… I have a phobia of groups of things lol I might pass out if I see 100 ducks all at once.

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