Hi my name is Julia and I’m 10. I was dx with T1D at 8 years old. I had no idea what was involved with this disease! I learned to do my own shots by myself and about a year ago I started on the pump. The pump is so much easier and has changed my life. I feel like I’m a regular kid again. I learned to put myself out there and not be scared, so I decided to do dance and gymnastics again. I met so many friends from diabetes camp and it has helped me feel like I’m not alone and I know there’s many more people like me out there.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Did you eat too much sugar to cause your diabetes?

Umm no. It has nothing to do with eating too much sugar. My pancreas stopped producing insulin (and then they look at me like I’m crazy).

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Opposite. My parents tell me all the time that I can do anything I set my mind to.

How do you inspire others?
I like to help my other diabetic friends when they are down. I tell them that we are tough kids and we can do anything!!!

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has made me strong. I have to do a lot of things that other kids will never have to worry about. It has made me grow up a lot faster than most.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’m a caring and sweet person. I worry about others especially when they are going through something because I know how tough things can be. I get so sad when I hear about other kids that are newly diagnosed. It makes me sad because I was there.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Aww I could never fight a duck…unless it stole my iPad…then I would have to fight it.

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