Age: 27 Year Diagnosed: 1998 Location: Orange County, Ca

“When I was first diagnosed I was the only kid in my tiny private school that had type 1. So my principal made the ENTIRE SCHOOL show videos in their classrooms about what t1d is and what it entails.

This may be controversial but in the grand scheme of diseases I think we were dealt a pretty good hand. It sucks and it gets so annoying. And I am aware that there could be huge issues in the future if not taken care of.. but for the most part we can manage this disease. As long as we reach out when we need help, this disease really can be doable.

Always remember that things could always be worse. And if you have a bad day don’t let it ruin your week. Fight this disease day by day and keep your head up.”