Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 9, Dorian Gregory knows what it is to live the not-so-charmed life of a person with diabetes.

He has lost a grandmother to type 2 diabetes and has an aunt who has been diagnosed with type 2 as well. Nevertheless, Dorian’s career goals have not been hampered.

What message does Dorian want to share with those dealing with diabetes?

“Strive for perfection, but know you are human. Learn you, know you, work with you. Mistakes and missteps are human, but don’t let being human be an excuse for being lazy. Make the maintenance of your diabetes fit your construct. If you are forgetful, set alarms to remind you of what you have to have to do. Know that life is our medicine, not just the shots or pills we take. Exercise, food, sleep, management of stress is also our medicine. Take all your medicine and you will be well. Know that you may not like all that you have to do as a diabetic, but without doing that, you will suffer energy-wise; you will have mood problems; you will cause much greater problems than the shots you may not like, the pills you may not like, the blood test you don’t like.

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