Hi I’m Lauren and I’ve been type 1 for over 5 years. Diabetes stopped my dream of joining the Air Force when I was diagnosed the end of my senior year of high school. Life has a funny way of switching things up and I know now it was for the best! I have never let type 1 diabetes stop me and I refuse to! It makes me motivated and want to overcome challenges even more.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
One time a girl I work with asked if I was type 1 and said “it’s nice to see someone like you holding a job.”

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Well, I was told I couldn’t join the Air Force, which turned out true. Mostly people just think I cannot eat something. Always a good opportunity to educate about what I can and “cannot” eat.

How do you inspire others?
I definitely stay positive! I pride myself with my positive attitude and I smile through every health issue. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast and I never let diabetes stop me or use it as an excuse.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes effects me daily! It has made me mad, sad, angry, depressed, and lash out at loved ones. But it has also helped me discover my strength. People always tell me how strong and I am and I choose to keep fighting!

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It has made me mentally strong. It has made me appreciate my body and all the active things it can do. It’s helped me realize the importance of exercise. It has helped me emotionally become empathetic, understand, and kind.

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

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