My name is Kaila and I was diagnosed on 10/25/2008.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
“How can you be a diabetic? You don’t look diabetic”
My answer was “What does diabetes look like?”
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes, I was told I wouldn’t be able to continue to play soccer. My dad talked to be and told me “Baby, you can do whatever you want, nothing changes” He was right. I now play for the #24 ranked GU15 Team in the Nation, ISA Mia, and soccer is still my world.
How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by showing them that diabetes does not define who I am, I define diabetes. My mother told me that if diabetes has a certain look, then that look must be athletic, brave, strong, beautiful and determined. That is how I live my life. I want to be known as “The girl who is really good at soccer”, NOT “The girl who had diabetes”
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I could say how it tortures me, having to check my levels in the middle of a big game, or how it sometimes prevents me from starting a big game (If my sugar is too high or too low) but I approach it as it makes me healthier than non diabetics. I have to now eat healthy, I have to take care of my body, sitting down and eating potato chips is NOT an option. Staying strong and healthy and breaking the stereotypes of what diabetes should be is what keeps me moving forward every day of my life.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Mentally, I am strong. It has made me realize that not everything is all drama. All the things that non diabetic 14 year old teenage girls find to be tragic, I find to be irrelevant. I do not worry about who likes me, who wants to be my friend, who is talking about me, what boy I will go out with, my focus is staying healthy, staying positive and NOT being another statistic. Physically, I am in the best shape of my life. I made my Varsity Soccer team at my High School as an incoming Freshman, and that is a huge accomplishment.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Bring them all on! If I can take on diabetes, I can take on anything.