Age: 30 Year Diagnosed: 1994 Location: Troy, MI
"The best part about having diabetes is the people. I've met some of the greatest people in my life because I have diabetes. I volunteer at diabetes camp each summer, that I also attended as a kid. It is the best week of the summer. The people I spend that week with are some of the kindest, smartest, most fun people I have ever met. Each year I am surprised how all of us come together, each with a different background and skill set, to put the camp together. I learn as much about diabetes management as an adult that I did as a kid when I was newly diagnosed. Diabetes is constantly changing, and it's awesome to be at the forefront of that.
The advice I would give is:
1. Pay attention in math class in elementary school. 2. You can do ANYTHING you want. I've gone away to college, studied abroad, and traveled the world. Diabetes is mobile and adaptable, just like you. The world is your oyster, so seize your opportunity!