I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 21. I just moved out on my own, had a great job that I loved and didn’t know why I couldn’t stay awake for longer than 4 hours at a time. I’d drink a Coke and eat a box of chocolate covered peanuts hoping the sugar would wake me up.. But it did the opposite. I was officially diagnosed and I saw things differently right away. I helped with research for the artificial pancreas in Montreal for McGill University, I volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and challenged myself to improve my A1c and learn about Diabetes. I faced the fear I had of using an insulin pump and I participated in fundraising. I made myself my best self because of this diagnosis and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
March 9, 2016 • Diagnosed in 2001 • Current Age: 35