I was diagnosed with T1D at age 2 and took injections until I was 8. When I turned 8 I switched to the pump and have been using it ever since. I’ve been self-managing my T1D since I was around 10. Some of my hobbies include: S.C.U.B.A. Diving, instructing Tae Kwon-Do, writing, singing, studying Criminal Justice, and playing drums.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?

Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to join the military. After taking the preliminary military exam (ASVAB) and receiving my score, recruiters started calling me. Turns out I got the highest score my school has seen in over 10 years, I even scored higher than my teacher. After telling recruiters I was diabetic, they told me I could not join the armed services. Several days and some paperwork later, I wrote to the Joint Chief of Staff and had a reply… Changes are being made for diabetics in the military.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?

Having diabetes has made me headstrong. I go at every task that is presented to me with the mindset that I can accomplish my goals. Having diabetes has made me even more eager to accomplish these goals because it gives me another reason to prove to people that having diabetes doesn’t define who I am.

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

Ducks are docile. What could you have possibly done to be in this situation.

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