Meet the Team

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Scarlett

How old were you when you were  diagnosed?

I was 12 years old.

How did you feel when you found out you had T1D?

I was really scared because I didn't know what it was or how I got it.​

How did it impact your everyday life?

I was very scared and stressed out to eat anything. Counting carbs was annoying and giving myself insulin took all of the fun out of eating. I got used to it and now I'm go good at estimating how many carbs are in each food.

What do you wish every newly diagnosed teen knew about life with T1D?

Even though it's really hard in the beginning, it gets SO much easier with time and the support of family, friends and peers.


Name one hobby/ interest of yours and tell us how having TID affects it.

I love hiking and at first I didn't want to do any exercise for fear of my blood sugar going low but I now take a small backpack filled with my diabetes stuff, water and some carbs. I'm so used to it now that I hardly think about it.


What’s a fun fact that people wouldn't know by just looking at you?

I have a crazy memory and have memorized the Periodic Table, Greek Alphabet, and “Rap God” by Eminem.

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Daniel

How old were you when you were  diagnosed?

I was 14 

How did you feel when you found out you had T1D?

I felt scared, alone and confused.

How did it impact your everyday life?

It impacted my life by adding another level of complexity to it and adding a new thing to worry about.


What do you wish every newly diagnosed teen knew about life with T1D?

It's a big adjustment but your life isn't over. It will become easier. You will figure it out. You will come to control it instead of it controlling you.


Name one hobby/ interest of yours and tell us how having TID affects it.

An interest of mine that T1d has impacted is working out. It makes it more difficult to lift weights and do cardio when I have my blood sugar to worry about.


What’s a fun fact that people wouldn't know by just looking at you?

I can identify every model and year of Ford Mustang.

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Alex

How old were you when you were  diagnosed?

I was 13 years old.

How did you feel when you found out you had T1D?

I felt really overwhelmed, but glad I figured out why I was so thirsty! 

How did it impact your everyday life?

T1D impacts my everyday life from making sure I eat enough carb before activities, being careful with everything I do to make sure my medical devices aren't ripped off, and of course, managing my blood sugar. It has gotten much easier since I was first diagnosed, but there are still adjustments I have to make to my everyday life.

What do you wish every newly diagnosed teen knew about life with T1D?

I wish every newly diagnosed teen knew that it does get tremendously easier and others will support you in whatever you may need.

Name one hobby/ interest of yours and tell us how having TID affects it.

I do martial arts, and at first, I thought it would be much more challenging for me to do because of the risk of going low or medical devices being ripped off. T1D has not really affected it that much, except for the few occasions of my pump falling off. 


What’s a fun fact that people wouldn't know by just looking at you?

One fun fact about me is that I’m a vegetarian.

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Nick

How old were you when you were diagnosed?

I was 13 when I was first diagnosed.


How did you feel when you found out you had T1D?

I felt completely powerless, vulnerable and scared when I was diagnosed. 


How did it impact your everyday life?

It was difficult for me to get into the habit of checking my blood sugar, counting carbs and taking insulin. I was out of school with diabetes-related health issues for most of my senior year, and actually had to be homeschooled for the last three months.


What do you wish every newly diagnosed teen knew about life with T1D?

Diabetes will only negatively impact your life as much as you allow it. If you have self discipline and take care of yourself, you will live a long, happy and healthy life.


Name one hobby/ interest of yours and tell us how having TID affects it.

I like hiking and being out in nature as much as I can. As long as I take some low supplies with me when I go out, diabetes has no impact on that.


What’s a fun fact that people wouldn't know by just looking at you?

When I was 15, I got a diabetes tattoo in Italy. We had to call my endocrinologist right before I got it for special permission.

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Maddie

How old were you when you were  diagnosed?

I was 8 years old when I was diagnosed.

How did you feel when you found out you had T1D?

I was upset and scared, I didn't really know what it was and was nervous about how severely it would impact my life. 

How did it impact your everyday life?

It impacted me in ways that I didn't really expect. I had to watch my carb intake and I had to be more responsible and aware than my other peers. I had to learn how to be independent and how to have advanced communicative skills at an early age. 


What do you wish every newly diagnosed teen knew about life with T1D?

That it isn't as scary as it seems. It just means that you need to adjust your daily life slightly so that you can live a normal teenage life, and you just have to be more aware of your health. It is also okay to struggle a little bit from time to time and to ask others for help when needed. 

Name one hobby/ interest of yours and tell us how having TID affects it.

I really love to act, I have been doing it for a really long time, I am 16 now and I started acting when I was 5 years old. I just have to take my blood sugar during shows and rehearsals, and I always have to have my glucagon with me. I have to disconnect my pump during shows. I also always have someone who has an awareness of my diabetes so that they can assist if I am unable to do so myself.

 

What’s a fun fact that people wouldn't know by just looking at you?

I have a really good memory! I know the alphabet backwards, know Rap God and Alphabet Aerobics by heart, and I can fold my tongue in different ways. 

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PJ

How old were you when you were  diagnosed?

I was 14 and a half

How did you feel when you found out you had T1D?

I felt relieved because I had been feeling terrible for months, so It was good to know that I wasn't dying.

How did it impact your everyday life?

It hasn't really really affect my everyday life very much. Sometimes testing and getting dosed is inconvenient at times but I get to miss school more than the average person. Which is both good or bad depending on how you look at it.

What do you wish every newly diagnosed teen knew about life with T1D?

It doesn't ruin your life and you actually feel better after being diagnosed.


Name one hobby/ interest of yours and tell us how having TID affects it.

My greatest passion is motorcycling and having type 1 does not affect a whole lot. But It is important make sure I am not going low before I go on a ride. Also going high can be bad too, but going low is worse while riding.


What’s a fun fact that people wouldn't know by just looking at you?

I love music and I play bass guitar.