I was diagnosed with type one diabetes in 2008 when I was 12 years old (that’s how I always start a paragraph when describing myself.) Since my diagnosis, I’ve graduated high school and entered the world of all-nighters and coffee– also known as college. Diabetes has definitely steered my interest in a health related profession, centered around nutrition. No, I don’t want to be a nutritionist or a dietician, I want to be an organic vegetable farmer. I guess I’m not your average person, but then again you could tell that by noticing at my pump. I believe when I consume good nutrition, my diabetes is easier to control and I would love to share that with the world! Here’s to good food, better control and a great year!
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I wear an Omnipod, and last year a girl from my dorm saw the Omnipod on my arm and asked me if it was birth control. I just laughed, and after realizing she was being serious, I explained that it was a pump for diabetes.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
In middle school, a friend of mine would always tell me I couldn’t eat desserts because of all the sugar they contain. If a dessert was near when she made these comments, I would grab the dessert and intensely stare at her while I shoved the food in my mouth.
How do you inspire others?
I always try to stay positive and look on the bright side of things. I hope that inspires others to stay positive through tough times.