Do you advertise it or try to hide it? Any reason why?
I definitely do a lot of advertising. I like wearing crop tops to show off my tubing (weather permitting) and I love making people notice it, because when they notice it they ask questions, and when they ask questions they open themselves up to the opportunity to learn.
I’m very big on activism and on raising awareness. This disease is my life, and it’s not easy to live with, and in our society the facts on diabetes are outweighed by the misconceptions. I want to contribute to changing this. We need change so that we as a community can stop falling victim to ableism, and so that we as a community can start being taken seriously. When we raise awareness, we make changes and we promote funding for research and I believe that this process will help us get a step closer to finding answers for ourselves about this mysterious disease.
There is no reason to be ashamed of this disease.