Meet Justin, a YouTube creator from New York City. When he’s not filming fun videos about technology, you can find him riding his e-scooter along the Hudson River in NYC enjoying the sunset. Here, Justin shares details about how growing up gay helped him embrace his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and live his life to the fullest.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2021. I was misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes earlier that year. Luckily, after documenting my experience on Tik Tok, the diabetes community came to the rescue with comments and helped me get the correct diagnosis.
Getting diagnosed as an adult
I think getting diagnosed with diabetes later in life has its advantages; I’m old enough to research and seek out the best ways to treat my diabetes. That said, I still experience constant obstacles which help me grow more and more as I live with this disease.
Growing up different
I’ve learned to use my diabetes as a strength instead of allowing it to be a weakness and this thinking comes from my struggles growing up gay. Of course, being gay is not a weakness, but it was ‘difference’. Once I learned to embrace my differences, and see them as uniqueness and strength, that’s when I fully allowed myself to live my authentic life.
Educating and supporting others
It also inspired me to educate others on those lived experience. Same goes for diabetes. I hope to educate others with or without diabetes on what technology is out there, how it works, and how we can help others move with love and support.