Age: 29 Year Diagnosed: 1997 Location: Los Angeles, Ca

“I never had a support group for diabetes growing up. I used to harbor a lot of self-hate in regard to it all. I’ve always taken good care of it, but I hated being ousted for being disabled and needing special treatment. I found it easier to just not talk about my experiences with the disease and just talk about it generally. I remember actively avoiding other diabetics because they only reminded me of what I have and what I deal with daily. Recently I started following different support groups and I found that that a lot of the thoughts I’ve had about myself were shared, and overcome, by a lot of other people! It’s all really helped me accept that I have a disability and that I’m not alone. Having others who understand you and what you struggle with is worth its weight in gold.”