Hi, my name is Rozelle Marie and I have Type One Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease. I was diagnosed with type two diabetes when I was 13 years old and then after diagnosed with type one when I was 22 years old.
How do you inspire others?
I never let my health problems such as diabetes affect my life. I am a normal person that has goals and dreams to achieve. It might take longer than expected but diabetes hasn’t stopped me from doing the things I want to do and achieve in life. Ten years and counting with diabetes and I still have a life ahead of me and I’m ready to face anything that comes my way. The things I’ve achieved in life are finishing high school, my certificate in hair dressing, lost over 125 pounds, played sports, and dance.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I am not only facing diabetes, but I also have chronic kidney disease and on dialysis. I’m dealing with not one but two chronic illness. I face a lot of struggles with both diseases and it kind of sucks because they are always fighting with each other. Currently I am doing dialysis and it has been a big adjustment and also adapting to being at the hospital 4 times a week. Being there for 6 hours is pretty tiring but I am adapting to it well for a young person like my self. Plus I met a lot of nice and cool nurses there.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has taught me a lot of things that normal young people don’t know or understand. Now I have a different perspective on life and that diabetes has changed my life and made me a better person. No matter what happens in my life I know it could be a lot worst.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I rather fight one horse sized duck because 100 regular ducks would be tire me out! 🙂