Age: 27  Year Diagnosed: 2001  Location: Modesto, Ca

"The day my endocrinologist told me she saw no reason why I couldn't have a perfectly, healthy, and NORMAL pregnancy may have been one of the happiest of my life. I remember immediately calling my mom crying to tell her the news. When I was first diagnosed, I was always told that either A) I couldn't get pregnant or B) If I wanted to get pregnant, I'd have to jump through hoops to find a doctor that would maybe be willing to work with me and that I would have an extremely difficult pregnancy. With the help of my insulin pump, continuous blood glucose monitor, and my endocrinologist, who I see every 5-6 weeks, I've been the healthiest I've been in my entire life. To be honest, I never thought that I could actually do it and actually get my diabetes in check the way it is now. I am so thankful to my entire team for helping me get to where I am now! We're so excited to welcome our healthy baby boy by end of February!

Just check yourself. Seriously. I had the hardest time getting my management in check throughout high school and college just because I didn't want to see that "bad" number on my meter. But who cares? No number is a bad number... Except for the one you can't fix because you don't know what it is!"