When were you diagnosed and with what type of diabetes?
I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old on November 13, 2004 with type one diabetes
Does diabetes define who you are?
Diabetes defiantly plays a big part of how I am but does not define me. Diabetes helps me view things differently than other people
How has diabetes affected your high school experience?
Honestly diabetes hasn’t affected my high school experience. Of course I’ve had to sit out for a little bit participating in activities while I chug back a juice box or two, but other than that it hasn’t really affected me. Although all my friends love that I had juice boxes in my locker always
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because in my small city of Sault Ste Marie Ontario,Canada there was not any type one diabetics in my age group,let alone many type one diabetics, so I decided to turn to the internet and got loads of positive feedback.
How has getting involved in the diabetic community helped you deal with your diagnosis?
It has helped me know that I am not the only one that struggles with being a diabetic. People see you as a healthy person, then you tell them that you are diabetic they automatically assume type two; that you just have to watch what you eat and take your blood sugar. When in reality it taking your sugar at least 3 times daily, eating, taking care of lows and highs, being tired, waking up through the night to check your sugar. There is a lot to diabetes that doesn’t meet the eye
What is the best advice you would give to a newly diagnosed person?
I would tell them “Relax. Your life is not over. It will be tricky at the beginning but eventually it will work itself out. I’ve been diabetic for 11 years and I’m learning new things each day and I still struggle.