Hello, my name is Trace. I’ve had diabetes for 8 years now. I was diagnosed on May 23, 2007. Just two days after my 9th birthday. One of my favorite things to do is play sports. Ever since I was little I was had a ball in my hand throwing or shooting it. My favorite sport has to be football. I love the passion and the emotion of the game. One of my favorite things to do is watch Alabama Football on Saturdays. There’s nothing like a Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Now here’s my story.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
People always tell me that I can’t eat certain things because of my diabetes. I can eat anything that I want. I just have to watch more closely on what I eat.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I’ve been told I can’t play sports because of my diabetes. When I first got diabetes I told myself that I’m not gonna let this disease stop me from doing what I love. Yes, I do have to keep a check on it during practices or games but that still does not stop me. It’s just another thing you have to keep a check on.

How do you inspire others?
I hope I inspire others by staying positive. By not letting this disease stop me from doing anything in life. The person I look up to the most is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I feel like he gave me diabetes for a reason. He gives his toughest battles to his toughest soldiers. He knew I was strong enough to live with it. I also hope I inspire others when I’m on the football field. By not letting this disease stop me from what I love to do.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I feel like diabetes has affected me in a good way. In the summer time I am a counselor at diabetes camps called Camp Seale Harris. If it wasn’t for diabetes I don’t think I would have made all the friendships I have made over the past 4 summers going to camp. I look forward to camp every year knowing that I’m gonna get to see some of my best friends.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I feel like diabetes has made me stronger. It makes stronger in whatever I’m doing. In the classroom, football field, weight room, or whatever, it makes me a stronger person.

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