I was diagnosed with T1 at age 25 while in the US Army. The diagnosis ended my military career, but I’ve gone on to start my own business, and have a wonderful wife and three amazing kids.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Did you get diabetes from eating too much sugar?
No. Do some research on what causes diabetes. Eating sugar isn’t a cause.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes. I train in martial arts. I was told my body wouldn’t hold up. I’m still training and that person, a non-diabetic, quit after a few months.
How do you inspire others?
I just try to live my life to the fullest each day. I stumble at times like everyone else, but I pick myself back up each time.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
The biggest thing is when it ended my military career. I had no plans of leaving the military when it happened, so I had to go with a complete new direction in life following that.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It’s made me stronger and has shown me I can do so much more than I even thought I was capable of.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One or 100, it doesn’t matter. Did you see that part about training in martial arts? The ducks better pack a lunch because I’m going to send them all home beaten down and defeated.