I was diagnosed when I was 17. I had just
graduated high school, I mean, I was ready to go to college and venture out on my
own. I had you know several hospital stays. It’s not just an emergency room.
You have to get on insulin drips, and you’re automatically in the ICU, and it’s
blood tests every hour and that stuff adds up. And I mean at that time, my
parents are self-employed, so I didn’t have insurance. So it was the fact that
you know, how am I gonna pay for this. I do have medical debt that stems back
ten years, and that’s hard when you’re a single parent I mean trying to buy a
house buy a car. Every time I’ve cried, every time I fought the insurance
company, I’m like I want to change this but one person can’t change this. I feel
like I’m actually making a difference by telling my story. Beforehand I didn’t
think one person could, but I just wish more people would come forward, and share
their stories and not hide like I did thinking that I wouldn’t mean anything
because already in my small community just by me going and sharing it’s already spread throughout our community. And I
just want people to know that they matter and their stories matter.