Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
No one has ever told me I can not do something physically, but I often get told I cannot have soda or dessert by friends and their parents. Typically I (very politely) correct them and explain how type one diabetes works.

How do you inspire others?
I try to inspire others, especially other diabetics, by not giving up on the things I love to do. I love theatre, I love being on stage, and while diabetes does make that harder to do sometimes, I always keep my chin up and chase after my dreams.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has impacted everyday of my life. They don’t call it a chronic disease for no reason. It has limited me in some way, but those limitations are always temporary and can usually be funded with insulin or a juice box.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Having gotten diagnosed at the young age of 3, I think diabetes mostly just made me more responsible. In a way I had to grow up before my childhood even began and sometimes that could be very emotionally and physically exhausting for someone to deal with. But honestly, as much as I’d rather not have diabetes, I think it turned me into an independent and strong person and I’m super proud about that.

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