Jewels Doskicz is a registered nurse, freelance writer, patient advocate, health coach, and long-distance cyclist. Jewels is the moderator of Diabetic Connect’s weekly #DCDE Twitter chat, and she and her daughter both live healthfully with type 1 diabetes.

Shine your shoes and straighten your tie, it's time to become "The Boss" of your diabetes.

There's one thing I'm certain of: diabetes isn't something that "happens to us," dictating what the future holds. With active involvement and a positive demeanor, diabetes can simply become a part of who we are.

I get it, it may not always be an easy ride. There can be a lot of speed bumps on the long and winding road, but if you're in the drivers seat you've picked the right side. As Nick Jonas says: "Diabetes affects the individual but it's not who they are - diabetes doesn't define me, it should never define the individual."

How to be "The Boss"

• Educate yourself about your disease.

• Teach others around you.

• Don't let diabetes come between you and your accomplishments.

• Seek help from others who have achieved similar successes/ goals with diabetes (marathon runners, rock climbers, etc.).

• Be proud of your accomplishments while living with and managing diabetes.

• If diabetes management isn't working well for you, seek help from a health care provider that can help you make positive changes with your diabetes.

To learn more on this topic:

10 Tips to Fight Diabetes Burnout
I have no self control when it comes to food
10 Tips to Become Your Own Best Advocate