I don’t remember a time I didn’t have diabetes. From the day I found out I had diabetes I was determined to learn everything about it and do everything myself. At 8 years old I wouldn’t let anyone give me a shot or test my blood, I wanted to do it all on my own. Being diagnosed with diabetes made me grow up faster. My mom who recently passed away was my biggest supporter. She put me in support groups, sent me to camps, attended family camps for many years with my whole family, and registered us for walks. She did everything in her power to help me learn and meet people who were going through and dealing with the same things as myself. Growing up I did deal with some people who didn’t understand and I tried my hardest to explain and educate them. I remember when I was 12 years old I had a nurse tell me I would never be able to have children because I had diabetes. For years after that I was so scared she was right. Well she was WRONG, I have 2 beautiful little girls aged 9 and 3 and they are my world. Just because I have diabetes doesn’t mean I can’t do things, it means I can do more things. I believe getting diabetes made me a stronger person!!

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