Joe

Joe

I’m 23 years old and have been diabetic since the age of three. I’ve always been a dreamer. I love to act. My ultimate goal is to see myself on the big screen and I know it’s a long ways away from now, but my story is about overcoming the odds and achieving your dreams.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
The other kids told me that I could never be an actor. What hurts more is that I actually believed them. I thought diabetes would always hold me back from accomplishing the dreams I once had as a child. All that changed spring of 2015. I was approached for a role in a mini movie. I took the role and have never looked back.

How do you inspire others?
Currently, I am starring in the mini movie ‘The Dying of the Light’ in Des Moines, IA. Since I’ve taken the role, I now see that the only thing that holds people back is fear. I try to inspire others to make the most out of life and always dream big.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Being diagnosed at such a young age, I guess I’ve had to mature very quickly. Realizing what I can and cannot eat.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I have diabetes, but diabetes does not have me. I am a fighter, a warrior, one of the most energetic and passionate people you’ll ever meet. It has trained me to be more of a hugger and more lovable. The tears have come and gone, but the memory never really fades. You never forget the moments that have the biggest impact on your lives, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot from this.


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