Age: 50   Year Diagnosed: 1976   Location: Dallas, Tx

"Having T1D has ended up being one of my biggest blessings. Because of my diabetes I have an AMAZING job at JDRF that allows me to help others and brings me fulfillment and gratitude each day.

The biggest misconception I wish I could change is that there are ways to reverse or cure it. Nope, not yet. No matter how many tree saps I drink, or how much cinnamon I add to my foods, I will still have T1D!

Don't sweat the small stuff. This is a tough disease, and being a control freak makes it that much harder. There will be days that make no sense with blood sugars or there will be days when you make choices that aren't perfect. But this is the long haul, so love yourself and cut yourself plenty of slack.