Looking for a little inspiration today? Meet JDRF’s new National Young Volunteer Award Winner Alex Nikolaou, 17, who has some words of wisdom for other teens living with type 1.
Q: How long have you been living with type 1 diabetes?
Alex: 7 years.
Q: Is there a history of type 1 in your family?
Alex: No. I’m the only one, however, my dad has type 2 diabetes.
Q: So you recently won JDRF’s Young Volunteer Award as a result of your advocacy work for people with type 1 – what was your reaction when you received your award?
Alex: Stunned, surprised, excitement and in tears.
Q: Do you have any future plans to do more fundraising, or raising awareness about type 1?
Alex: Absolutely I do. I’ll continue my efforts for advocating for type 1 and to raise awareness in others.
Q: Is it ever difficult to balance having type 1 with being a regular teenager?
Alex: Always is – it’s just tempting to eat anything because I’m just growing, since diagnosis I’ve never had stability.
Q: What words of wisdom would you give to teens that may be struggling with their type 1?
Alex: Everyone comes from all different walks of life, everyone has a dream - follow it and you'll succeed in life. And even if you hate pinpricks and insulin injections, you'll still have to take it to keep healthy and stay alive.
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