Age: 16  Year Diagnosed: 2011 Location: Camarillo, Ca

"About two years ago, when 14 I was having a loud conversation with a friend discussing my 'pump'. I am so used to abbreviating the term insulin pump that I didn't think anything of it. The man listened into our entire conversation yet somehow neglected to understand that I was talking about diabetes. Finally as I got up to leave he asked me if I was a breastfeeding mother. He was really kind and offered to give me his pastors number but it was completely misguided. It was extremely funny in the moment.

I wish I could emphasize to people that type 1 diabetes is essentially uncontrollable. Regardless of my diet I will still need insulin!! There is a huge difference between type one diabetes and type two. My pancreas will not be rejuvenated by vitamins."