Mary

Mary

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I’ve been asked if my insulin pump offers wifi once… Honestly didn’t know how to respond to that lol.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I’ve been told I can’t eat that chocolate bar to I can’t live a normal life due to my diabetes. I prove them wrong every single day by waking up in the morning and surviving but still managing to keep a smile on my face 🙂

How do you inspire others?
I try to show people that life is a beautiful thing that a lot of people fight for day to day. Just because I have diabetes doesn’t mean I’m limited, if anything it has made me limitless. I don’t remember being non-diabetic because I’ve had it since I was a baby, which to me is an advantage. I can help people newly diagnosed and be a good support system to those who need it. My diabetes inspires me to help others and raise awareness.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has effected my life entirely, it’s a lifestyle where you either choose to take care of it and survive or die, easy as that. Living in a world where a majority of the people are uneducated by what you fight with daily is difficult. Having diabetes has made me be a more understanding person.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It’s made me tough of course, diabetes made me grow up fast. I had to learn how to put my life into my own hands in a young age, the options are simple: take care of yourself or die. So many people don’t understand that the needles and finger pricks are survival. We are doing what we have to do to survive. Yes it’s painful, yes there’s days where you just ask, “why me?” And hate the world because it seems so unfair. The little awareness about this disease is honestly sad sometimes. Struggle and misunderstanding is what makes me a stronger person. I’m not going to let this disease get the best of me, I build myself off of my struggle. I’ve learned to be more understanding and stronger in many ways. Diabetes doesn’t define who I am, but it has molded who I want to be in life

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 ducks,  who doesn’t love ducks!?


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