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I'm Jeffrey

and I am my #1!

I am a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump. I was diagnosed at 12 years old and had no idea how my life would be changed. Luckily, my parents never made my diabetes dictate what I could or couldn't do. If anything it was more motivation to try new things and push through difficult situations. We were a very active family and the diabetes wasn't going to hold us back. I refer to "we" because it effected my whole family. I stuck with sports and ended up playing small college football. Diabetes got in the way quite a bit. It would take me longer to recover from games and my performance was not always at the desired level due to highs or lows. I often thought and still think how things could have been without the diabetes. If there was one huge bonus to being diagnosed with diabetes it was the amount of responsibility I had to take on. I always have to be prepared with food or supplies. There have been times when I wasn't and I have regretted it. Luckily, I have a very...

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