Today is World Diabetes Day. You might or might not know that I have Type 1 Diabetes. T1D is an invisible autoimmune disease that I was diagnosed with when I was 6. I try not to show it, but life with T1D is really challenging. Acting as my pancreas 24/7 can be exhausting. Sometimes I just want to skip an insulin shot or wait a couple more days before putting my continuous glucose monitor back on, but then I remind myself that I need to be the healthiest version of myself. Right now my A1C is the lowest its ever been. Definitely not saying it’s perfect. I still have work to do. It’s hard because for people with T1D, lowering your A1C makes you gain weight as insulin is a fat storage hormone. When I look back at photos of me a couple years ago, with an A1C of around 13, I was so much skinnier! But growing up makes you realize that your health is more important than looks. And accepting that has made me much more accepting of my body. Honestly I’m proud of how far I’ve come in my almost 18 year T1D journey and I hope each year I continue doing my best.