Age: 23 Year Diagnosed: 1997 Location: New York, NY

“In a world where being ‘different’ can be very isolating, a camp for girls with type 1 diabetes was the first place I ever felt fully comfortable and understood. Knowing how important this community was to me, I sought after those same feelings of comfort and understanding in personal and professional capacities. I've become a small part of an extraordinary network of people (and ride-or-die friends) who have shown me what true compassion and acceptance looks like.

Beyond making connections with others, I encourage those living with T1D to learn about the science of the disease. The developing research is fascinating, exciting, and moving faster than ever. Enroll in a clinical trial, investigate the advancements of therapies like beta cell encapsulation, and learn about the possibilities of immunotherapy treatment. There is so much to look forward to.”