Katie

Katie

Helped begin the College Diabetes Network Chapter at Ohio State University where I am a senior.
Have very close and supportive family and friends.
Want to work in type 1 diabetes.
Love reading, writing drinking tea, being outside, and meeting new people.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Do you have to charge your pump while you sleep?

I laughed because it was an honest, kind hearted question, and then let them know it was as simple as a battery.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I don’t give them a reason to.

How do you inspire others?
By not allowing diabetes to stop me from doing anything. Instead, allowing it to be a challenge that makes everything I do a possibility to grow even more from.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has allowed me to turn something I have to control everyday into something I want to make my career. I was a summer intern for the Barbara Davis Center in Aurora, CO where I met some of the most brilliant people and kind hearted souls who work towards making life with diabetes easier. I have leaned into diabetes, helping to bring a College Diabetes Network Chapter into Ohio State University and see the difference team work can make.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has made me an independent, responsible, and prepared person since I was diagnosed.
Looking at the bigger picture and thinking if the choices I make are benefitting me.
Mentally, making me stronger and able to think through situations. Physically, consciously thinking of taking care of my body and the repercussions that result if not. Emotionally, feeling more compassionate towards others and knowing you cannot always see what they are going through.
It has also given me the desire to lead and control situations where you have to learn this is not always possible.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks- but I would rather just keep some as pets.



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