I am a sophomore in high school. I love soccer. I am a cheerleader at my school. I recently won 4th place at my regional math competition out of 58 kids in the subject of algebra 2. I am an IB student.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Since you have diabetes aren’t you supposed to not eat sugar. I responded by saying I have type one diabetes and I’m allowed to eat sugar as long as I dose what the sugar I ate I’ll be fine.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
A friend of mine said you have diabetes you can’t do cheer.  That did stay in my head and I didn’t tryout going into freshmen year. But I decided to prove them wrong and tryout and I made it.

How do you inspire others?
I inspire others but not letting diabetes hold me back. If I want to play a sport of any kind I go and play the sport. The disease is apart of you not the whole you.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
When I was diagnosed I didn’t know what to do because I felt that it would hold me back and I thought once I started school I would get bullied for it. But it’s my life, no ones life is perfect. I love my life and I wouldn’t change it.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has helped me become the person I am by making me independent of such occasions. By having to count carbs everyday I developed a love for math and if it wasn’t for diabetes and counting carbs I wouldn’t have just won 4th place out of 58 kids at a regional competition.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks

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