I’m Melissa, I am 21 I have been diabetic since I was 7. Diabetes has made me realize that I am a lot stronger than I ever thought possible and helps push me daily to take care of myself so I know today is not my last day.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest question I’ve been ask about my diabetes is how can I have sex with the insulin pump on. I laughed so hard. And I simply said if the time comes I can disconnect it like I do when I take a shower or go swimming.
How do you inspire others?
I have inspired other diabetic in my area to stay positive. I can think of one guy in particular who I worked with for a day. He talked to me about the insulin pump and how he was scared to even talk to a doctor about it and I told him how much easier life is with an insulin pump and explained it to the best of my ability and he ended up getting one himself.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has made me change my whole life around. When I was a bit younger I just stopped testing my sugar and barely ever accounted for food because I wanted to be “normal” but I became extremely unhealthy and realized I needed to change that. I eat as healthy as possible and go to the gym at least three times a week now.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetics has made me a physically healthier person because I know I cannot just sit around and eat whatever I want when I want. Emotionally it has helped me because it has made me stronger and able to adapt to change easier.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
That’s a difficult question. I’m only 5’1 so horses are HUGE to me. But if I had 100 ducks around me I would probably sit on the ground and try to pet them all or feed them. But if I had to fight them I would just use my feet and start kicking like crazy.

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