My name is Sarah. When I was 14 years old, I got the flu which ended up shutting down my pancreas and causing me to develop Type 1 Diabetes. I was rushed to the ER and then to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham with a blood sugar of 1500. I am the only one in my family that has diabetes. I have an identical twin sister who is not diabetic.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was told that I would never be able to play sports. I played volleyball all through high school and intramural in college.

How do you inspire others?
I try my best to stay positive. Of course I have my bad days, but overall I try to keep a positive outlook. I am holding onto the hope that there will be a cure in our lifetime so we can all live a life without daily pinpricks, shots, or pumps.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on February 12, 2001 forever changed my life. Although there are so many negative factors that come with having this disease, I will say that is has taught me to be a more independent, determined person.

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