It's hard to believe where my life has gone. A typical teen from Brantford, Ontario moves to London, Ontario after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, finishes college, attends University and emerges herself in the diabetes community. I would have never thought that would have been my story. Never did I think I would be sitting on television sets, giving radio interviews and speaking to reporters. Had I known that my life would be such a blessing, I may have not been as surprised as I am today.
As average as I thought I was, I have began to realize average is nobody. We are all so unique in this world it is unbelievable the stories we have to share with one another. Although some with type 1 decide to keep it to themselves, pricking fingers and giving insulin is enough to keep them occupied. While others are making airwaves, like Emma who is advocating for a diabetic barbie doll and she has yet to turn ten. Inspiring diabetics like this are not hard to find, I have personally met iron men, a diabetic that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and many more inspiring people.
Life moves super fast, we all know this. I guess that is why I stopped today to think, "wow...I really did do something..." I mean, I know it's more than something, but I can hardly believe where I am today and how many amazing people I have met along the way. For me, it is important to stay involved in the diabetes community - this is what keeps me smiling and most important on top of diabetes. When I know that there are people out there having to check their blood sugar, give themselves insulin and sit up in the middle of the night sipping on a juice box - that makes me smile... I am not alone and neither are you.
I started a page on Facebook called Faces - which will hopefully showcase those living with type 1 diabetes. This page is meant to give a face behind a disease that many raise money for, but have no idea the face behind the disease and most importantly the story. I am hoping to gather a good amount of stories, so that anytime someone is having a bad d-day, they can look for inspiration and hope from the page.
If you are interested click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faces/387366147971538
Keep smiling for all that you do as a diabetic or a parent of a diabetic - you are inspirational and can make a difference.