Marinka

Marinka

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Do you really have to shoot insulin? I was flabbergasted but said; yes, otherwise I’ll die.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
All the time. There’s always someone who says I can’t do something and especially eat something. I always ask if they put poison in it….if so they can’t have it either.
I prove people wrong daily….I run in competitions and go to the gym twice a week. But most of all I try to educate people because they know so little about diabetes and say the most stupid things.

How do you inspire others?
I refuse to let diabetes stand in the way of anything I want to do. I’m alive and I do whatever I want. Of course I take care of myself and make sure that my levels are good.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I was diagnosed only three years ago. I was a complete mystery for my doctors. After a year of gaining weight and being angry and not taking care of myself I joined a group with six other people with T1 and found my bff. Although I am 13 years older than she is we understand each other and that is such a relief and support.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It made me a better person. I’m not so moody anymore. More approachable and over all a nicer person. I have not had a positive childhood and lost lots of people so I’ve had my share of bad things happening to me. Being diagnosed was scary at first but now I can say that I am proud of myself!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I would cuddle the …. out of them! I love ducks!


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