11-Year-Old Dancer Not Slowed Down by DiabetesThe Diabetes Site
Alyssa Rothman was 11-years-old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Upon hearing the news she was in utter disbelief. A competitive Irish-step dancer, an activity she does with her sister, one of her immediate thoughts was of how her diagnosis would affect her dancing. Would she still be able to compete?
Alyssa wasn’t the only one with concerns. Her mother also had to learn how to help Alyssa manage her disease and learn to cope with having a child with a chronic illness. But Alyssa stepped up, beginning to manage her disease on her own almost immediately (within 18 hours of diagnosis, according to her mother). With a positive attitude and the spirit of a champion, Alyssa is thriving after a year living with diabetes.
Check out her inspiring story below to find out how she’s doing now! Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments!