My whole life I’ve been fit. I’m an Army Veteran and out of no where I get blind sided by this disease. And I ask why me.. well because I’m tough. We all are tough and we won’t let this thing defeat us. I’ve been diabetic for 3 years now and keep fighting cause people around me have fought for years to battle diabetes. I have faith. #fitabetic

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
How do you have diabetes and look so fit. I told them diabetes doesn’t have a type. At least not type one.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
People tell me I can’t eat stuff all the time because I’m diabetic.  I ask them how they know what I can eat or not. I know how to count carbs.

How do you inspire others?
I just try to be positive in anything I do. I like to help others to be positive.  If I can make one person smile a day I can change the course of someone’s life. Going out of my way to help people, strangers, friends, family, doesn’t matter who can brighten a person day.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes affected my life like no other. Living one way your whole life then someone telling you to change in a heart beat is hard. But my whole life has been tough and God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I think I’ve always been mentally tough. But now that this disease can have major effects on the body it’s hard for me to come to terms. I know I have to prepare before doing stuff like not all people have too. I have to watch what I eat. I have to make sure I carry insulin or back up stuff for my pump. But… I keep pushing. Keep trying to do better. It doesn’t make me who I am. But I am who I am for a reason.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I guess the horse size duck because I love to cook and it would just be easier cooking one big duck instead of 100 regular ducks. Little bit of butter little bit of garlic, bake and serve. #fitabetic

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