My life as a type 1 warrior
Diabetes; both my biggest passion and my greatest obstacle.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 20 years ago at the young age of 8. Although I don't remember specifics, I do remember a lot of tears. Soon after diagnosis my mom took me to a TCOYD conference in Oahu where we first learned about insulin pump therapy from my now mentor John Walsh, fellow PA and type 1 diabetic. We were eager to learn and desperate for help so my mom introduced us after his presentation. He was so kind! He and his wife Ruth flew to Kauai (my home) to teach us more about pump therapy.
He gave me the tools to succeed, but more than that, he was the first person I'd seen who was able to use his diabetes as a strength. He gave my parents and I hope of a bright future. I remember thinking that I wanted to be just like him. Since then I have been working to become an endocrinology Physician Assistant to influence others the way that he influenced me.
When I got into PA school I found his email address online. I didn't know if he would remember me but he did and he gave me an internship opportunity working with him and many other amazing practitioners at Advanced Metabolic Care + Research in San Diego and Temecula, where I now work.
These few years have been a dream come true for me. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to give back to my patients just as John Walsh gave back to me.
Life with diabetes has been beyond difficult, but I'm proud to say that my diabetes is what drives me, empowers, and humbles me.
This blog will be a place to follow my journey both as a provider and as a patient. Please feel free to ask questions! I love learning. Thanks in advance for all of the support!
DIABETES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (DIABETES_PA)
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