Hi, I’m DJ. I’m 15. And I’ve had diabetes for a year and a half. I like listening to music, hanging with my friends, walking around town, reading. It’s all fun. I was gaining weight rapidly. It’d be like 30 or 40 pounds in a year. When I found out I had diabetes, I felt worried because I didn’t know what was going to happen. I wasn’t sure if I would have to go to hospital, or had to give myself shots, or anything like that. They actually just gave me medication to regulate the blood sugar levels. My diabetes team taught me to cut back on some of the high carb, high sugar foods. Try eating more whole grain. I’m actually surprised that I like eating more fruits and vegetables then sweets and stuff like that. I’ve actually tried to get fruits at least three, four, five times a day. I’ve noticed that I feel a lot more energized know that I’m eating better. My whole family did get on board with helping me. And they actually changed their diets too. Exercise has actually been a challenge to try and fit in. Me and my family have had to cut some things from our schedule– work some things around in order for us actually to put more exercise into the schedule. We’ll go to the gym together or I’ll go out walking my friends we’ll walk around. I think the exercises that I like doing the most would be cardio exercises– walking, running, doing the treadmill. I’ve actually started doing yoga also. It’s pretty fun. I’m trying to work on losing more weight. I’ve actually lost about 10 pounds since I’ve started. I’m very optimistic about getting there. It’s going to be an interesting journey I think.