Age: 26   Year Diagnosed: 1992   Location: Los Angeles, Ca

"When I was in high school, I went to visit my brother at the University of Arizona (the school I’d eventually go to). Before dinner we were in his dorm room and one of his friends walked in on me taking an injection. He quickly ran to down the hall to my brother and told him, “Hey dude, I think there is someone taking steroids in your room.

I don’t like that people think you have to be overweight or unhealthy to get diabetes. I tell everyone I know that I’m diabetic and a common response is: 'I would’ve never known.'

I would tell anyone who is newly diagnosed not to be ashamed of having diabetes and definitely not to let it take control of your life. It’s a daily battle and one we all fight. Also, get involved with the diabetic community. It has helped me on countless occasions."