Age: 29 Year Diagnosed: 2013 Location: Scottsdale AZ

“The misconception that I wish I could change about Type 1 is that it is not that serious. People think that if you just make better food choices, life is easy. most people have no idea that even with the best food choices, I still have to prick myself on my fingers, on my arms, on my stomach. It is NOT easy to live with Type 1 but it is still achievable to thrive just like anyone else.

When I was first diagnosed, I felt so alone. I thought I was the only person in the world with Type 1. After 2 years of feeling sad, lost, and alone, I created the persona @GlitterGlucose to connect with others who also live with diabetes. My whole world was opened up. For the 1st time I felt like I belonged somewhere. It was the first time I ever heard of a CGM or a pump! I have to give so much credit to the diabetes online community for helping me through my toughest time!”