Today we’d like to introduce you to Lexie Peterson.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lexie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was diagnosed with Type One diabetes at ten years old. I never really pitted myself or allowed diabetes to hold me back from anything but I also failed to truly understand how serious of a condition it is until I got to college. Until maybe my Junior year of college, I didn’t really openly talk about diabetes unless someone asked me about it. Diabetes was just a part of me and “normal” to me. In high school, I did not take care of myself the way I should have but I literally woke up one day in college and thought, “I need to take care of myself.” That was the turning point. Eventually, I realized that many of my friends had no idea about my diabetes, which could be the difference In life or death if I ever had a diabetes emergency. So I decided to start intentionally speaking up about diabetes with my friends and family, mainly on social media. I then had the idea to create fashionable medical accessories, which is how the Sugarless Society eventually came about.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a fairly smooth road. I had minor setbacks when initially trying to find the right manufacturer.
Please tell us about The Sugarless Society.
The Sugarless Society is a space for diabetic women. For women to shop, share, learn and connect online. We are known for our signature diabetes bracelets, humorous t-shirts and for contributing to a diabetes nonprofit, the Sonia Nabeta Foundation.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Going to diabetes camp in the summer.
- Website: www.thesugarlesssociety.com
- Instagram: @SugarlessSociety
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/sugarlesssociety