What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest question that I was asked was “You are too old to have type 1 diabetes, how do you cope with a kids’ disease?”. I have learned at my diagnosis in 2008 (after a year thinking that I was type 2 and illness came on later) that type 1 diabetes is an everyone’s disease and it is not just confined to kids or young adults. I would tell them that anyone can get both type 1 and type 2 it is just I got the one that my autoimmune system played tricks on my pancreas.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Someone told me that I could not eat sugar with diabetes. I proved them wrong. One time I got myself a cupcake at a party and someone who was being nosy told me “you can’t eat that! your blood sugar will go sky high!”. I had carefully calculated the number of carbs in a cupcake, bolused, took off the icing and my blood glucose was nearly normal.
How do you inspire others?
I inspire others while living with my type 1 diabetes is that I stay true to my faith in Christ, volunteer whenever wherever I can and stay busy!
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
One time when I was watching a commercial on diabetes I noticed that it did not mention whether it referred to type 1 or type 2. It just stated that diabetes can lead to lots of complications and needs to be ‘cured’ by getting certain foods, drugs, etc. My diabetes is an autoimmune condition that affects my pancreas by not producing enough insulin. I have to take insulin just to keep me alive. Without it my blood glucose will go sky high.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Having type 1 diabetes has helped me be more aware on being healthy, strive to be more healthy and to encourage others newly diagnosed that having diabetes is not the end of the world. I have won several pageant titles as pageants help me keep my balance and to encourage me to spread awareness on type 1 diabetes and (as it showed up in 2014) Rheumatoid Arthritis. I also have a chapter of ladies in the Red Hat Society dedicated to encouraging women in the RHS who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I would rather fight 100 regular sized ducks and make them all into barbecue!