Jessica Stone: How I Live My Dreams With Diabetes

This Hollywood up-and-comer doesn’t let her diabetes stand in the way of her success.

Bonnie Siegler
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Auditions. Rehearsals. Dance classes. Evening and afternoon performances. An impressive workload for anyone, but considering that Jessica Stone—also known as J.D. Stone—has type 1 diabetes, that packed schedule alone is worth a star on the petite redhead’s dressing room door.

You may have caught Jessica in one of her guest appearances on the TV series Six Feet Under, 7th Heaven or The United States of Tara. Or you may recognize her voice from the Disney Channel children’s animated series Stanley, for which she voices the title role. Those are just a few of her credits—because she’s been treading the boards since she was a kid, her professional résumé is impressively long. And a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 9 has never gotten in the way of her acting dreams.

How does she manage? “Everything I do now in my life is automatic in managing my diabetes,” Jessica says. Not only has she made healthy habits second nature, she also relies on technological helpers like her insulin pump that allow her to rock an audition at a moment’s notice or work up a sweat at a dance rehearsal. “I’ve come to realize that it’s not okay to take your health lightly,” she says, ever mindful of the consequences of not managing her diabetes. Turn the page for more on how she ensures the condition can’t spoil her red-carpet moments!

Be open to new approaches

For years, Jessica balked at the suggestion of using a pump. “I remember saying I was never going to use one and wanted nothing to do with it,” she admits. “I had gotten used to insulin injections and didn’t want to move away from my comfort zone. I didn’t want to have to learn something new.” Eventually, though, Jessica gave in and—“I fell in love with the pump!” Whatever treatment approach you use today, keep in mind that your health status can change over time. So no matter how comfortable you are now, being willing to consider different treatment options can help you feel better than you’d thought possible.

April 2013