Maya, now 22, remembers growing up and seeing her best friend’s dad carrying around a little case with vials and needles. He had diabetes, and it was then that she decided she never wanted to have that disease.
When she was 21, Maya first developed diabetes symptoms. While she was playing basketball one day, she became thirsty and couldn’t see the other players. A few days later, she noticed she could not read license plates while driving.

Maya went to the eye doctor for a vision test. The doctor asked her some questions about her vision and later told her to find a doctor to care for her diabetes. Maya says her diagnosis was the easy part – daily living is much more challenging. She is constantly reminded to check her sugars and take insulin. She longs for the day when diabetes does not exist. Until then, she finds comfort in the support, education and research funded by the American Diabetes Association.