Age: 20 Year Diagnosed: 2004 Location: Huntington Beach, Ca

“This isn't necessarily funny but it is a pretty wild story. My senior year of high school I was sitting in the cafeteria about to give myself an insulin shot for lunch when one of my deans approached me and informed me that I wasn't actually allowed to do that inside the cafeteria because someone might see a needle and it might make them uncomfortable. I responded that I'd been doing this for three and a half years and no one seems to have a problem with it, nor do I really care if it makes them uncomfortable, as I literally had to do it to survive. He told me I needed to go to a restroom or the nurse's office, which I told him was a ridiculous thing to ask of me, not to mention I had doctors' notes and paperwork that legally allowed me to give myself insulin on campus. He then got mad and told me to immediately follow him to the deans office which I agreed to, only after I gave myself a shot, which I did as I kept talking to him. He didn't like that, and angrily escorted me out of the cafeteria with all my friends yelling at him for discriminating against me for having a disease. I ended up calmly explaining my disease to my deans who were extremely ignorant of the treatment that is required for Type 1 Diabetes and ended up not being disciplined at all, though the one dean never apologized. Not the funniest story but pretty interesting nonetheless, it was really eye-opening to see how ignorant people really are of our disease.

Just in case any kids or parents of newly diagnosed Type 1's are reading this, having Type 1 Diabetes shouldn't stop you from doing anything. If anything, it should make it easier to do everything. Knowing that you have an invisible, chronic illness and are beating it everyday you wake up gives me motivation to do virtually anything I set my mind to. If you have Type 1, you can do anything a "normal" person can do, and probably even better, because you already have the experience of dealing with adversity on such a constant basis. Keep a positive outlook, embrace the fact that having Type 1 has made you who you are, and don't ever try to hide having Type 1.

Don't try to be perfect. Everybody has their good days and bad days, all you can do is try to stay positive and be glad you wake up every morning having survived another day with Type 1. People will always have better A1C's with you, but as long as you're trying to manage your numbers the best you can and keeping your head up, don't stress it too much and try to enjoy life. As long as you're not doing it everyday, don't be afraid to have that donut or eat a whole pizza if you're really feeling it, just make sure you correct for it and watch your numbers carefully. Also, be active and work out. Staying active everyday makes insulin way more effective on my blood sugar levels and makes managing Type 1 so much easier.”