I was diagnosed when I was 9 and I’ve always ridden horses since I was able too. My biggest fear is that I wasn’t going to be able to anymore. Then when I got older I started competing but while I was on a pump the judges thought it was a “communication device” and would try to disqualify me. I’ve come to realize that many people know what an insulin pump is or what type one diabetes even is.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I had a 5 year old ask me what my pump was at the beach and I told him I could communicate with aliens.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I’ve had people tell me I couldn’t swim, ride horses and I showed them I could. Then someone told me I couldn’t eat a cookie and I ate 4 while making direct eye contact the whole time.

How do you inspire others?
One of my friends is diabetic too but he hates taking care of himself. He realized it upset me when he didn’t so I make sure he checks at least 3 times a day and he does the same for me.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
During middle school I was really shy and I got picked on for being diabetic (which is terribly wrong.) I got depressed and suicidal. but when you have a best friend that sticks by your side then you can do anything and you find out you aren’t alone. I found out there was three other diabetics in my school too.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’ve became a stronger person and it taught me that people don’t think about what they say before they say it. No one really understands what it’s like. It has also made me more understanding.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse size duck! Oh my goodness! That would be so cool!

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