I was 5 when doctors told me that I’m diabetic. I don’t remember my reaction, I wasn’t happy, for sure. Now I’m 18, and it’s my last year in high school. I’m starting to understand diabetes better. It made me who I am and I’m proud of it. All my life I’ve been listening people telling me that I can’t do this or that. Today I’m thinking about studying law abroad. 15000 km far from home and I know I’ll be fine because I’m well- prepared.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Once kid asked me if I’m a robot (after seeing my insulin pump). I said ‘yes’. I always wanted to be a robot.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes made me stronger and more stubborn. I can’t imagine life without diabetes. It must be really boring- no taking care of blood sugar, no counting carbs. While writing test or passing driving exam I had to think about thousand more things than normal people. Diabetes makes me special… Well, I like to thing about it that way.

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