I was diagnosed on April 11, 2011. It was 6 days before my 17th birthday. The news was the hardest thing I would ever hear. How was I supposed to do this? Why me? But eventually, it changed. I became grateful for my disease, it became a part of who I am today. I used to believe that I wouldn’t be able to do anything a ‘normal’ person can. That no one would want to date someone with a chronic disease. But on October 17th of this year I married the love of my life. And he has been nothing but a huge support and life line to me, especially on my hard days.  I’ve learned that diabetes doesn’t control me. I can do anything and everything that I want to. I wouldn’t trade this for anything.

How do you inspire others?
I received a message from an old friend one day, telling me that I have given them hope. That seeing me post on social media my hardships and how I’ve handled them, has given them the hope that they can get through what they’re going through.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes is a part of who I am. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for this disease. As hard as it is sometimes, it’s worth it. It’s worth the fight I give every single day.

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