Age: 28 Year Diagnosed: 2003 Location: Berkeley, Ca
"The VERY first time I tried traveling with a pump, (this was a pump model that will remain nameless), but about thirty minutes after takeoff it completely malfunctioned on me. I had been hesitant to get on the pump in the first place, and this absolutely threw me over the edge. I had to switch back to insulin pens on that six-hour flight from San Francisco to New York, and I swore I would never try another pump again. About a year later though, I met my best friend -- the OmniPod. It just goes to show that T1D takes a LOT of trial & error to find your own personal groove. Diabetes management is a very personal and unique experience for all of us.
At this point in my life, I can truly say that I am confident that my diagnosis happened for a reason. At least that's what I believe, and I hope I can impart that as best as I can. Growing up, I always believed I would be an actress. I wanted to inspire people, and I thought that being in front of the camera was how I was supposed to do that. So I kept trying to do it, but I continuously hit these brick walls. It wasn't in the cards, and I simply couldn't figure out why. One day, 14 years into my life with Type 1 diabetes, I found KNOW Foods. Low-carb, gluten-free, wheat-free, and non-gmo bread alternatives that did NOT spike my blood sugar and made me feel healthier than I had ever felt. Although volunteering with Type 1 nonprofits such as JDRF and Beyond Type 1 allowed me to connect to other people with T1D in wonderful ways, I knew that getting involved with this food company was something I was destined for. Soon enough, I was hired by CEO/Founder, Steve Hanley, as their new Senior Director of Alliances. I am now able to secure partnerships between KNOW Foods and nonprofit organizations and individuals who we feel will benefit from our products, as well as showcase WHY we do what we do. This time of my life is the most fulfilling time to date. My Type 1 diabetes diagnosis took a while to show me why it had to be this way -- but I am so glad that I was patient, because now I understand."