Young Leaders from USA
USA, Berkeley CA 10 am October 15th 1994, I was diagnosed with T1D. Founder of non-profit DASH Sports Education, in 1 ½ years we have positively impacted over 500 diverse youth living with diabetes and over 200 parents and family members to believe and realize that they can thrive because of diabetes. I Graduated from Pitzer College with degrees in Psychology and Sociology in 2010, was a professional athlete in Belgium from 2010 to 2011, and I am a current student to become a physician assistant specializing in diabetes care. In addition I work as a Patient Advocate and Health Coach at Highland Hospital to aid patients and doctors in building a common rapport based on a patient centered approach, I am also on the Young Adult Board for UCSF's Transition Program, where I train nursing students on diabetes care from Samuel Merritt University, and direct the Diabetes and Spiritual Health Program in Bali Indonesia.
Managing lows on a daily basis is my greatest struggle. In playing a lot of sports and being active my blood sugar drops low (below 60mg/dl) several times per week. It’s difficult to maintain tight control of BG’s while finding a balance with hypoglycemia. Practice and routine makes it a little less difficult but overall managing a low in the morning before a heavy workday has been my most difficult challenge.