I’m 19, and I’m from Boston, Massachusetts. I currently work at a retail store, and I’m a makeup artist on the side. I love taking photos, and connecting with people over the internet ( like diabetic pen pals!) . I have a blog and I do youtube video’s as well. I am currently in college for lab science, so I can work in a fancy medical lab! I also have 2 tattoo’s ( I have a diabetic one on my wrist ) and I have 9 piercings!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
That’s a nice question to ask ! I feel like the most important one and one we can can relate too is “can you eat this?”

Well, here’s my response. Yes. Yes I can. I can eat anything I want, as long as I cover for it with my insulin. So yes, I can eat that cotton candy next to you.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes, the doctors told me I wouldn’t make it past 17, because I was such a brittle and bad diabetic. Boy did I prove them wrong !

How do you inspire others?
I inspire other’s by making diabetic best friends, ( I met my best friend in April in florida !) I also make youtube video’s about my diabetes. I also do benefit concerts and the proceeds go to JDRF.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It’s affected my teens. I  was diagnosed right when I was in the middle of middle school. 13. The big age. I started getting bullied because I would be at the nurse all the time and that’s when I started with my coping issues. I was having a hard time dealing with it but I learned to think of diabetes as my boyfriend. Even if I don’t find true love I can still be in a relationship with my diabetes.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It has made me the person I am today. Mentally, it has made me realize that God gave me this for a reason. Physically, even though I am sick all the time, God wanted me to have this. Emotionally, if I didn’t have diabetes I would have never met my best friend.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Duh! One horse sized!

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