Age:  28   Year Diagnosed:  2017    Location: Long Beach, Ca

"Whenever someone asks me what my pump is, I usually say its a monitoring device because I'm on house arrest, or a GPS tracker so my girlfriend can keep track of me.

Being diagnosed changes everything, its absolutely life changing. But it doesn't have to be all negative, and you cannot let it define you as a person. Who you are, should not ever change.

Know your rights, you're in a protected class now. I joke a lot about being an ADA class member, but certain places don't always understand certain special needs we may have. For example, going through a magnetometer, with a medical device, it could be dangerous. Know your rights, stay calm and respectful, but never do something that is going to jeopardize your health for the convenience of others."