I’m Stephen and I’m 24. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic since I was 15 (diagnosed July 11, 2006).  Diabetes has taught me to never give in and let this disease take control of my life. My motto since I’ve been diagnosed comes from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” I’ve always looked at my diabetes as a mountain to be climbed, there are plenty of hills to be climbed and valleys to walk through, but with the right mindset, nothing can get me down.  A prime example of that comes from when I was diagnosed. I wanted nothing more than to be a United States Marine. Obviously Uncle Sam doesn’t want diabetics in the military, so I took the energy that I was going to put towards my goal of becoming a Marine, and turned it towards my musical career. Nine years later I’m a musician in the Birmingham area playing in multiple bands.

How do you inspire others?
By showing others that while having diabetes is bad, it’s not the end of the world. I try my best to do this everyday, even when I don’t want to.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has matured me. Being diagnosed at 15 and knowing that you hold the keys to your own well being makes you grow up really quickly.

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