I was diagnosed August 1st, 2003 at Children’s Hospital Boston. A year later I was introduced to Clara Barton Day Camp where I’ve made friends for a lifetime and learned to cope and find the strength to keep battling this disease. “Camp is like a cure.”
I am currently a sophomore at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Criminal Justice I hope to become a police officer.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
“So, do you have the good kind or the bad kind?”
My response is usually just laughter. I can’t ever keep a straight face when I get this question.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
When I was in middle-school the Pop Warner Cheerleading director of my hometown denied me a spot on the cheerleading team unless I got a letter from my diabetes endocrinologist saying that I could 100% cheer because I had juvenile diabetes. She doubted me from the start because of my disease and I proved her wrong every step of the way. I haven’t stopped cheering since then. I am currently the secretary for my college team and I couldn’t be happier to take on my sophomore year of college with my amazing teammates. All heart, no fear, LC Cheer!
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I think of juvenile diabetes as both a blessing and a curse. I have my good days and my bad days but this fight has definitely made me the strong, independent, brave, bold, and fearless young lady that I am today.