Age: 22 Year Diagnosed: 2007 Location: Fort Worth, Tx

“While I never would have CHOSEN to be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I can't help but appreciate the role it's played in helping me become the person I am today. Diabetes has helped me appreciate each moment in my life more, since every moment I live with diabetes is one more than I would have had without modern medicine. It's helped create a sense of empowerment in me, because if I can handle diabetes, what else can I accomplish in this world? And finally, it's given me a sense of identity. No matter where I go, or what I do, I will always be "the diabetic girl". And I'm okay with that! It's my ticket to being a part of the amazing T1D community! A community where you have an instant connection with someone you have just met. Diabetes is why I am pursuing a career in nursing, and part of how I know that I'll be a good one.”