My diagnosis story is a lot like many of yours. As I grew up and started raising a family of my own I found I needed a way to help me deal with the emotional and psychological aspects of living with diabetes. I tried a few different things and eventually found that writing a blog was a great channel for me. There’s something powerful in processing my thoughts and emotions through language. There are many people, including all of you, who share their stories online, and it’s changing the world. We are actively changing what people find when they search for diabetes information online, and that’s hugely important. I’m so inspired by all of you! Thank you for being brave enough to share your story and add your voice to the mix!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I always struggle with the question, “how’s your diabetes?”

Well, today is ok, but yesterday kicked my ass and I have no idea how tomorrow will be. Each day is its own day! That’s so hard to convey in a simple answer, isn’t it?!

How do you inspire others?
I hope that just sharing my story (my successes AND my struggles) helps inspire others. And even if it simply conveys a sense of normalcy in living with diabetes, that’s a great thing.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
We don’t give ourselves enough credit for what it takes to get through a day with diabetes. Think about how a non-diabetic pancreas works, and then think about what we do. With that in mind, I give myself a high-five every night I make it into bed in one piece. Diabetes has helped me celebrate my successes a little more often than I might do otherwise.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has made me flexible, adaptable, and super resilient. And I think this stuff (along with a super sense of humor) often comes along with the diagnosis, which means all of you are, too!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Yikes! That sounds like a no-win situation, but I think I’d have to go with 100 regular sized ducks. I like to think I could kick/stomp my way through them, but I have a feeling I’d get the worst of it in the end. Maybe I could just play dead and see what happens? 🙂

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