What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest question was “so you don’t eat sugar anymore?”  I responded with just pointing to my pump and saying “thanks to this I still eat sweets.”

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
My parents raised me to believe that I can do anything. I am a junior in college now working my butt off to better myself. When I was first diagnosed I was planning on going to sleep away camp two months after. People thought “oh she wouldn’t be able to handle being by herself at camp”. Meanwhile, the nurse and I became very close and I had very good bunk mates. The memories I had were proof enough that I could handle it.

How do you inspire others?
One of the most important ways I have inspired others is by telling my story and that it’s nowhere near finished. There were things I was nervous about saying because of judgey people but I did it anyway and never felt better about it.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
One simple sentence tells a long story. I almost died. I was careless in college about my diabetes and on top of that I was drinking. My reckless actions brought me to the hospital where I was in DKA and the doctors having to tell my parents that I was five minutes from death and that there was a guardian angel looking over me. I am lucky to be alive and to be able to tell my story. I am never taking it for granted again.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Just look at my story. The saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” plays a major role because I was almost killed by my stupidity. Well I learned my lessons and I’m not going to let diabetes kill me. I am stronger than diabetes.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
1 horse sized duck.

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