Age: 29 Year Diagnosed: 2006 Location: Los Angeles, Ca

"One drunken night I went into a hot tub fully clothed with my "waterproof" animas pump. Unbeknownst to me until the morning, it went totally haywire and kept continuously triggering random button presses. It was even delivering boluses through the night, but fortunately on the Animas a button press cancels a bolus, otherwise I might not have lived to tell the tale. That was a horrible hangover.

When I was first diagnosed, the doctors and educators kept encouraging me to join T1D support groups, but I thought that was lame. I went years without meeting another type 1 diabetic. Since then I've learned the value of knowing other type 1s. Now I am active in events and meet-ups, and it's opened up a wealth of support and resources. Its also made me fortunate enough to meet many truly wonderful and inspiring people. Projects like yours help people like me realize that we are not alone in this.

Find an endocrinologist who puts you in charge and supports you. Read 'Sugar Surfing' by Stephen Ponder. Get a free lifetime Access Pass for National Parks and Forests. If you're in college sign up with the disabilities center to get priority registration, and use diabetes to get scholarships."