Age: 22  Year Diagnosed: 1999  Location: Sylmar, Ca

"Never stop smiling. It's really easy for this disease to bring you down, but I've found that positivity is contagious. Keeping a positive attitude can lead to living a healthy lifestyle. I've also been blessed to have met my closest friends because of this disease through Camp Conrad Chinnock and the PADRE Foundation. Connecting with other diabetics was the greatest thing that has ever happened to me and I think everyone should find a way whether through a camp or online to meet others going through the same situation. It can really change your life for the better."