Hi my name is Laura and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes at 11 years old. That day changed my life forever. Everyday I work hard to keep track of my blood sugar levels, carb intake, and insulin dosages. All of this, everyday, while trying to maintain a semi normal life of a 23 year old. I am truly thankful for my parents who have given me endless love and support through every obstacle. I would also like to thank all of teachers, nurses and coaches from throughout my life that never turned me away because of my disease. Speaking from experience, all a T1D wants, especially as a child or teen, is be treated normally. I have not, nor will ever, let my disease define who I am… It is simply a part of me.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
At a water park a woman lectured me on how bad smoking is for you then told me its good that I’m quitting… She was referring to my pump site.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
As I entered my 20s and watched all my friends go out and get drunk and be carefree it made me feel left out a bit. I thought that because of my disease I couldn’t have as much fun as them. I was wrong and have learned that I can have a drink or 2, keep my levels under control, and still have a good time with my friends.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has taught me how important it is to take care of your body inside and out. It has also taught me that the small stresses in life don’t matter and to let things go.

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

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