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I'm Lusaura

and I am my #1!

My name is Michelle and i am 20 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when i was 14 years old. No one in my family had ever been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes so it was an incredibly scary moment for my family and I. I consider myself extremely lucky when i was diagnosed however, because i had not been sick. I was diagnosed when i was tested for kidney stones when i pulled a muscle in my lower back playing tennis. At first i struggled with the huge change in my lifestyle but now, almost seven years later, I have learned to embrace it. My family and friends have always supported me through my ups and downs and they are the reason i have the strength to fight this disease every day. I don't always consider my Type 1 Diabetes as a bad thing though. Because of my disease i have found new inspiration for my future. Currently, I am a junior at the University of Texas and plan to go on into medical school where i hope to become a pediatrician endocrinologist some day.


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