Women Who Make History Month Feature: Ciara Cray
This month, I want to spotlight some of the amazing women in the t1d community. From advocacy to travel, giving back to others and fitness, all of these women have done amazing things to move the needle forward in the way society sees, treats, and medically cares for people with diabetes.
I am honored to know these women, and excited to introduce them to you all, if you don't know them already!
So without further ado, meet first feature: one of the bubbliest, silliest, and most real woman on Instagram, Ciara Cray!
Name: Ciara Cray
HEY THERE! I hear you have a broken pancreas, too! Well, welcome to the broken pancreas club. I’ve been a member since 2002 when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I was 7 years old when this happened and confused as could be. Fast forward nearly 17 years, and I’m still pumping my own insulin and managing my blood sugars.
I use an insulin pump and a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) to monitor my sugars. These devices aid me in my day to day life, helping me balance life as a twenty-something with life as a Type 1 Diabetic.
I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Global and Regional Studies in 2017 from Saint Mary’s College of California. This major introduced me to culture, history, and language while also taking me to live abroad in Rome, Italy for a whole year! Most people were surprised to see a Type 1 Diabetic traveling on their own, but who doesn’t love a good surprise?!
I’m now studying to be a Registered Dietitian (RD) so that way I can one day be a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). While completing my degree in Dietetics, I run a blog called Balance & Bolus, where I take my readers through this complex balancing act between Type 1 Diabetes and life. This has been an amazing way of becoming involved in a community of other broken pancreases, making me feel less alone. Come say hi!