DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES IN 1987

On Being Diagnosed

“I was in college and things started changing. I was losing weight. Good. I was drinking more water. Good. And then suddenly it got to a point where I couldn’t sit through a class. Something’s not right. I couldn’t sleep through the night. So I went to Student Health. That’s actually where they drew my blood and were like, ‘you’re diabetic,’ and I was like, ‘no I’m not.’ I literally turned around and walked out. I was like, ‘no, no, no, no, no.'”

32 YEARS WITH DIABETES

On Living with Diabetes

“I’m going to make sure that when I die, there are very few things that I regret. So I always just push. I’m not going to let diabetes keep me from checking something off my bucket list.”

“I went into a diabetic coma when I was in law school. I ran out of money. And I thought that was a lesson of, if you need help, please ask people. I’d always been like, I can do it all. And I ran out of money, and I couldn’t afford any insulin and I just stopped taking it, which was a big thing that’s still happening. It makes me so angry to hear that in 2018, this is still happening.”

“Most of the time, especially if you’re diabetic, I think you’re going to make sure that you’re covered and you’re taking care of yourself. But if you lose a job or something happens, you shouldn’t have to be in paranoid insulin hoarding mode all the time.”

DQ&A COMMUNITY MEMBER SINCE 2010

On dQ&A

“It’s fun when you guys are doing research to jump in and give my opinion. I know that people are listening, or hopefully they’re listening.”

“The FDA I think needs to learn to move faster. How often are they reaching out to your group or research groups and just really learning?”

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