I’m Taylor, and I live near Chicago. I have two passions in life, and that’s soccer and psychology. Psychology has always been an important part of my life and something that I increasingly become interested in the more I learn.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I’ve never been asked any super weird questions. I get the usual “can you eat that?” “Can you have sugar?” Etc. I’ve also had someone ask me “what is that on your leg?!” It was my pump site.
How do you inspire others?
My dream job is to be a psychologist because of what diabetes had taught me. I’ve always been an incredible listener, but not many people have listened to what I have to say. Doctors and family don’t understand the struggle. They get the science of it, but they don’t understand the physical and emotional affect it has on us. I inspire others by letting them know that its ok to struggle, but its also important to understand that bad feelings don’t last forever if you continue to work on a positive attitude.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes gave me hell for years. I was a young kid that was in the process of growing up, and playing sports, and having friends. I’m not going to lie and say I took care of myself well. I had a lot of struggles besides diabetes up until about 21. I moved to a new city and met a new doctor after going into DKA for the hundredth time (a bit of an exaggeration). He insisted I go on the pump. Many doctors have told me no, and that I need more control. This doctor said this would help with control. Since I’ve acquired the pump, I’ve never been a better diabetic than I am now. I still have struggles, and I’m not perfect, but I’m so much better now. The way we’re treated by family and doctors makes a huge difference in our attitudes. I’ve learned a lot from this disease, and it keeps teaching me new things. If I can work with a daily, life threatening disease, then I can work with anything.