I was diagnosed over 40 years ago at age 8. I was put on insulin made from animals and tested my urine 3 times a day using a test tube kit. The doctor told my mother very matter-of-factly that I would not live to be 30 years old. I was told no candy, ice cream, or cake,  but I could eat all of the spaghetti and pizza I wanted! Thankfully, our understanding and treatment of diabetes has changed dramatically. Living with diabetes is a challenge but also a blessing! I have an appreciation for life and health that only a T1 can understand!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Can I give you your shot? Sure! I used to let all my friends practice on me.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Live past thirty. Haha…I will be 50 next year.
Travel to Europe in high school. Check
Be in the marching band. Check
Go away to college. Check
Own my own business. Check
Find someone who would want to marry a diabetic. Check

How do you inspire others?
I live life one day at a time and stay grateful always. I try to take it easy on myself when I have a bad day or two. I have a health coaching business where I encourage others to turn their difficulties into their best opportunity to love and serve others.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes can fill you with fear if you start projecting about the “what-if’s?”
I choose to live one day at a time and deal with things as they come up. I’ve learned each day will bring enough strength and courage to meet that day’s challenges. You only have to stick your finger once, not 54,750 times (which is probably my tally)🙂

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Mentally, I am one of the toughest people you will meet. I persevere through anything.
Physically, I respect my body and take loving care of it.
Emotionally, I am a softie, because I know how precious and short this life is. I’ve been on the edge of it more than once!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Depends on what day you ask me and where my blood sugar is at….today I could take on the big guy. Wham. Bang. Done.

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  1. Dina Cutler says:

    Thanks for all the daily reminders that I sometimes forget. Type 1 since age 29 but really since 13 just never diagnosed, now 55. I take it seriously and watch what I do to take good care. I want all my organs and limbs. I drop more than have highs. But I always thank the Lord that I have something I can control, not something that can control me, it’s always worse somewhere else. Again thanks for the motivation to stay positive!

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