I have an endocrine disorder called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 1. I have had tumors throughout my endocrine system that have caused side effects such as diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that develops when the pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to move glucose (blood sugar). Though diabetes can develop at any age, it usually appears in children and young adults. There is no known cure; however diabetic complications can often be prevented. The first goal of treatment for type 1 diabetes is control blood sugar levels. This goal can be achieved with insulin, a healthy diet and physical activity. There are many programs that can be emulated in our schools and communities to teach children and youth how to build lifelong, healthy attitudes about food and fitness. I speak to young kids and my peers about my experience and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.