Age: 36  Year Diagnosed: 2002  Location: La Crescenta, Ca

"When I was first diagnosed and sitting in my hospital bed, I thought of the movie "Steel Magnolias," and was scared that I would never be able to have children. Almost 15 years and three healthy and beautiful children later, I have learned that with determination and effort you are not limited in what you can do, even with Type 1 Diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.

It is important to remember that you are a person with diabetes, and that diabetes is not the only identifying feature of who you are. For me, I've found it helpful to not give power to the illness, but to address it as a task and then move on to my next activity. Diabetes can be a frustrating illness, but you can still do and be all that you want.