Hi! My name is Marci. I am 25 years old, living the newlywed life with my husband, Matt, in sunny Southern California. I have a master’s degree in Global Business & work full-time from home. I enjoy outdoor fitness, cooking, writing, and traveling. I am passionate about spreading awareness about Type 1 Diabetes and proving that my life is not hindered by it. Both my dad and brother are also T1D’s and we are stronger because of it.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
When I was first diagnosed, a mother to one of my friends gave me a nutrition book and in the cover, advised me to “stay on the perimeters of the grocery store for here on out.” I think she confused this with Type 2 Diabetes….
Another time, I did a quick sensor change at my desk and was asked if I was going into a coma….
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I haven’t allowed anyone to tell me this. I choose to not listen to it. Everyday, I set out to prove to myself that T1D will not rob me of my happiness or be a hindrance to living the best life possible.
How do you inspire others?
As a T1D, I have so many reasons to be angry or inflicted with self-pity. Unfortunately, I too often hear negativity surrounding this disease from T1D’s. Yes, some days are harder than others and I don’t discredit the challenges that come with a chronic illness. People who know me, diabetic or non-diabetic, watch how I live my life and have been inspired to live a stronger, healthier lifestyle. I have helped my dad and brother (both T1D’s) in their journey with T1D through some breakthroughs I have discovered in the past 4 years. I recently created a blog with the sole purpose of raising awareness on T1D, educating, & demonstrating that my life is even BETTER with T1D!
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has given me a new perspective on life & others. I approach life’s challenges head on and seek to help others do the same. Having diabetes has allowed me to be extremely mindful of how my body functions and all the factors that influence it. Everyday I am learning and each day I have a story that is part of my overall T1D journey.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Today, I am stronger in all parts of my life. When diagnosed in 2012, I had a choice to make. I could have chosen the easier path of self-pity and defeat. I chose to commit my everyday to outsmarting this disease with the ultimate goal of living a full & enriched life. Each day, I am thankful for this perspective and attitude and hope to encourage others in this T1D community of fighters!
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks! The size of the bill on a horse-sized duck would be enough to knock me out cold! Plus, I’m confident I could outrun 100 regular sized ducks.