Age: 23 Year Diagnosed: 2018 Location: Orange County, Ca

“I wish that people understood how much effort goes into living with T1d. It's not just worrying about how much sugar is in foods. It's figuring out the amount of carbs, deciding what type of carb it is, and how those carbs will affect your blood sugar THAT DAY. It's about knowing that exercise is going to affect your blood sugars a certain way and adjusting accordingly. It's about waking up with an in-range blood sugar level and 20 minutes later being high just because you got out of bed. It's doing the exact same thing two days in a row and getting two completely different results. I wish people understood how exhausting and stressful it is sometimes to have to be constantly vigilant of your bg levels, because if you aren't it could cause you to end up in the hospital or worse.

I was diagnosed 6 months ago. Due to a mistake by doctors and my Guardian Angel looking out for me, my blood glucose levels were tested. With bg levels of over 600 and an A1c of 12.5%, I was diagnosed with T1d and my entire life changed. It was scary, it was confusing, and it was devastating. I did not know anything about diabetes and I didn't even know where to start. Luckily, I started seeing an AMAZING endo. He is so supportive and helpful. Three months later, my A1c was 5.8%. I just had my second three-month check up, my A1c is 5.3% and my bg levels are in-range over 90% of the time. Being diagnosed with T1d was so scary and in the beginning I felt so alone. But with the support of my husband, my endo, and the INCREDIBLE diabetes community, I don't feel alone anymore and I am proud to say that I am a Type 1 diabetic. Although, of course, I would rather not have diabetes... I look for every opportunity to talk with people about it and educate them the best I can. I want to help work towards a world where T1d is more understood. More importantly, I want to help work towards a world where every diabetic knows that it is possible to be happy AND in control of their diabetes and that they are never alone.”