Hey everyone, I’m Sam (short for Samantha). One obvious thing about me is that I have type one diabetes–it is a large part of my life, but does not in any way define who I am.

My true bio? I love art and drawing, music of many varieties (mostly chill, big band, country, alternative–not the average young adult female preferences). I’m Italian and so family is very central to my heart, along with my beloved friends. I also am awe-inspired by nature and the beauty of the earth. Often you can find me using my telescope to view the moon when it’s bold and bright. And of course, nutrition and fitness are also of interest to me.

Type one diabetes? It fits in there somewhere 🙂

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I’ve been very fortunate when the topic of my diabetes comes up…most people are very respectful, and otherwise educated about the disease.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I remember my great aunt told me I couldn’t have anything sweet; she had made these incredible chocolate chip bars that I was so eager to eat! However minor that memory, through balance and self-control, I still allow myself to indulge in desserts. Extra dark chocolate is my weakness, luckily nit chock full of blood-spiking sugar!

How do you inspire others?
Honestly, I just keep on keeping on. Enough said. I’m a full time student, work part time as a manager at a froyo shop (ironic, I know), and also pursue religious interests. My mom has said my schedule in the least is enough to inspire her to pursue her goals and keep busy.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
My diabetes, and the struggle I see T1’s and T2’s face through theirs, is what pushed me to go into a career with nutrition. I’m currently underway in a program to become a registered dietetic technician, in hopes of finding a job at a diabetes education center/department. With that, I would love to teach people how eating wholesome and delicious foods is never a burden once you start–your body will love you for it, and diabetes won’t be as problematic.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’ve learned to overcome perfectionist ways–there will never be that ideal day, physically, mentally, or emotionally. And so, diabetes has taught me to toughen up, accept the reality as it is, and keep positive thoughts at the forefront of my mind. It teaches me, diabetes doesn’t control me.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Random much? Haha, let’s go with the 100 regular sized ducks…I feel they might be easier to tame in a fight? Who knows, I’d have to see these lil guys in action.

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