I’m Tatum! I’m 21 and facing my senior year of college in Elementary Education. I’m a natural red head who loves to hunt, read, and be crafty. I’ve been diabetic for 3 years and was diagnosed on my parent’s anniversary.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
How do you sleep with that thing on you? I sleep just fine with a pump. I place it on my shorts or sweatpants and sleep like a normal person. Sure, it gets in the way if I turn on my side, but it doesn’t keep me from falling right back asleep.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I’ve been told that I’ll never be able to teach because I’ll have to stand for a good part of the day. Sure, my feet hurt after standing for a while but I love teaching. I don’t feel any pain standing there and teaching in my lab classes. I love to teach and diabetes won’t stop me from doing that.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
There are days when I just can’t deal with the idea of a disease being such a big part of my life. Overall, T1D has helped me learn to work with my anxiety and to develop the will power to keep going and to own the day ahead.

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