Hey, dolls! So I know lately you keep seeing my posts about doing interviews with other diabetics, but that is because I LOVE meeting fellow T1Ds who know exactly how I feel or what I am going through! I also want to continue to share with you all who these incredible people are. Like I said in my last post, we each have a different story to tell, whether that’s diabetes-related or something else that makes us unique. Us diabetics all have different yet similar life stories so why not help bring those to light! So with that being said….. my next guest is someone who I have been talking to quite a bit on Instagram and her name is Basma Adams. After talking we decided why not come together and do guest blog segments on each other’s blogs and try something new! I really have enjoyed getting to know all about her journey and I promise you, you will too! Go ahead and check out all of her social media accounts and more of her story below in our little interview!
BASMA’S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS:
Facebook: Voice for Champions
How long have you had diabetes?
1.) This upcoming September, I will have had diabetes for 18 years! It’s kinda crazy to wrap my head around having diabetes for more than a decade, but I’m super proud of it!
Do you see this illness as being a good or bad thing in your life?
2.) I actually get this question a lot and I always shock people with my answer! I actually wouldn’t take diabetes back, and I definitely see it as such an amazing thing because of the people and experiences it has brought into my life. No joke, I’ve met some of my best friends who are more like the sisters and brothers I’ve never had because of this disease. And on top of that, I’ve been able to travel the country and advocate for those who don’t have the same voice as I do which has presented me opportunities that I would never have been able to experience without diabetes. I’ve become such an independent, strong, and confident woman thanks to diabetes, and I wouldn’t change that for anything!
Do you use a pump or pens?
3.) Currently, I’m on the Dexcom and pens! I was just recently on a pump but I just couldn’t bring myself to be hooked up to a CGM and pump at the same time lol! I also like the freedom of pens and being able to whip it out whenever and not have to worry about clipping my pump on my clothing.
For you, what is the hardest part of being a diabetic?
4.) I think the hardest thing is the stereotypes. Our current culture has been brought up on thinking we ate too much sugar, we’re obese, or that a frap from Starbucks will give people diabetes. And sometimes it the stereotypes that people say that get me upset or frustrated. Of course, it’s only because so many people are still uneducated when it comes to diabetes, and that’s why I feel so strongly about my advocacy efforts in order to educate those without diabetes and stick up for those who do! I believe it’s a two-way street and we have to educate everyone on T1D and T2D to ensure we find a cure!
What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to what others think about Diabetes?
5.) Hahaha so many! I definitely find it hilarious when people say pointless or straight up dumb things, but I think the funniest thing I’ve ever been told was by a college professor who first doubted my low during a quiz and then asked me why I couldn’t have told her this would have happened at least a week before the quiz happened… ya, you read that right.
Who would you say is your biggest support system when it comes to dealing with this illness?
How long have you been active in the T1D social media community?
7.) I started public speaking for T1D when I was in middle school and that’s when I started volunteering with the American Diabetes Association. When I was 16, I became the National Youth Advocate for the ADA, and that really got me to break out of my shell and become more transparent with my diabetes more than ever. However, I’ve started to really share my journey with diabetes on social media more prevalently the last year or so. I think it’s an amazing way to teach people you can’t meet personally and meet amazing friends along the way!
Do you find it helpful having friends even online who share the same illness?
8.) Oh for sure! I have amazing friends I have met through diabetes camp and conferences who I keep in touch with, but I’ve been able to expand that circle through social media and it really brightens up my day when I see so many badass people living and thriving with diabetes on my social media feed! It’s also easier on days where diabetes can get you down because you have a circle of people who get what you’re going through and who you can vent to. So it’s pretty amazing to have friends with T1D, it definitely makes life with type one a lot more fun!
And lastly, if there is 1 helpful tip you could share with other diabetics what would that be?