I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during my first year of university. It took me a long time to get the hang of diabetes but by the time I did I decided that I wanted to find a way to help others with t1d. I changed my major to nutrition and now I have a masters degree in food and nutrition and am a registered dietitian. I am able to pass on all my experiences with t1d to my patients and inspire them to make healthy decisions.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
As a registered dietitian I get asked all sorts of strange questions about my diabetes. But I think the strangest one I ever had came from my brother who asked “so can you inject your insulin…anywhere?”. We had a good long chat after that and he even gave me an injection (in my arm of course).
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
People are always telling me that I can’t eat anything with sugar. Even today someone at work told me that there were timbits at the nurses station and then remembered I had t1d and was like “never mind… Forget I said that… There are veggies in the fridge!”. I think that misconception was one of the main reasons I decided to become a dietitian!
How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by staying healthy, and constantly improving my knowledge of diabetes as a dietitian. I use my own experiences with diabetes to inspire my patients to try to achieve better control through diet and physical activity. When it comes to t1d, I may not have experienced everything, but I’ve been through a lot, and I’ve had patients cry in my office because they finally feel like someone understands what they are going through.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes affected my entire life path. I was diagnosed in my first year of university and it led me to study nutrition, get my masters degree and become a registered dietitian.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has made me more resilient. It has made me flexible and adaptable in every situation I have encountered throughout my life so far. Diabetes also came with an incredible community of friends who are full of love and support. Who could ask for more than that.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck. I think 100 small ones would swarm and be terrifying. Either way I hope this never happens, ducks are scary, you can never tell what they are thinking.