I’m a 21 year old New Yorker that loves to read, eat carbs, and paint. Despite how mean and scary I look, I’m actually one of the nicest people you’ll probably ever meet. I’m a really big school nerd and a goodie-two-shoes. I’m pursuing my masters degree in English literature, and hope to someday obtain a doctorate degree. My interests include art, cats, books, Halloween, mermaids, flowers, Disney, and Tim Burton films.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
People have told me many things that I wouldn’t be able to do because of my disease. One of the most comical things someone has told me that I can’t do because of my disease is eat sugary foods like cake and brownies. Another thing that someone has told me that I can’t do because of my disease is get tattooed. A good portion of my arms are tattooed, and I got a lot of them after being diagnosed as a diabetic. Most of the stigmas associated with diabetes are due to misinformation and pure ignorance.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
My diabetes has molded me into the person that I am today mentally, physically, AND emotionally. For a while, my disease caused me to have a very cynical outlook on life. As the fictional character Van Houten stated in The Fault in our Stars, I felt that I was “a side effect of an evolutionary process that [cared] little for individual lives,” and that I was “a failed experiment in mutation.” I was angry at myself and felt that my body had failed me. I no longer feel this way, but I was very depressed for the first 8-9 months of dealing with my disease. Before I was diagnosed, I was stick thin, moody, tired, lethargic, and out of focus. After almost a full year of being treated, I am 15 pounds heavier, and just feel healthier overall. Diabetes has also helped me to become a more understanding and sympathetic person. Due to the lack of awareness surrounding this disease, I try to be more understanding of other people’s problems and struggles. I have had my symptoms both down played and disregarded so much that I strive to never do that to another person’s disease or feelings.

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