I never could’ve imagined when I was 16 years old that I would fall in love with advocating for issues I care about in Washington, D.C. That’s when the American Diabetes Association (ADA) gave me a platform, tools, and resources to make a difference. As a young girl from a small Minnesota town, that early experience gave me confidence when I realized the impact of telling the story of my life with type 1 diabetes. All these years later, I’m still attending the ADA’s Call to Congress event on Capitol Hill.
Lots of people ask me if it’s intimidating to speak with elected officials but I don’t find the experience intimidating. The way I look at it, we’re actually their bosses. We elect them to that office. So, when I meet with them I view myself as a concerned constituent and a helpful resource of information for them on the topic of diabetes.
At last week’s event I represented my home state of Minnesota with another passionate advocate who has type 2 diabetes. We also joined forces with South Dakota, so we attended meetings for both states.
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