Feisty, bold and creative. Since being diagnosed with T1 a little over a year ago, I have strived to make things happen for myself. I live everyday doing what I love and I don’t take a second for granted. I spend my days with the wind in my hair riding my motorcycle, and most recently have turned my passion for art into a start-up career. All the while trying to maintain those healthy blood sugars we all strive for!

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Being the only one in my family with T1, I am the main educator for those near and dear to me. Day to day I hear “oh, you can’t eat that..” or “should you be doing that?” Being able to stand up and inform others (especially the ones who I have learned from my entire life) gives me a sense of knowledge and control over my life.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Being diagnosed later in life was a huge challenge for me until I stopped trying to hide it. I started informing and educating the people close to me, and I turn found the most compassion and respect I could ever ask for. I embraced and accepted the changes to come, yet I remained true to my adventurous, wild-natured self.

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