Age: 24  Year Diagnosed: 2007  Location: Toronto, On

"My one piece of advice is build a community. I spent the past 10 years pushing away the fact that I have diabetes - never participated in walks, events or camps, didn't even want to talk to another diabetic. I ended up isolating myself, feeling constantly angry towards it, and poorly managing my diabetes. This year I have met so many incredible T1D's that have inspired me and helped me completely change my attitude towards it all. A simple convo with someone that literally knows exactly what you are going through, makes you feel less alone at the end of the day."