A New Kind of "Normal"

Maggie Monson Graduation w Family

Today’s guest blog comes from Maggie Monson, a Lilly intern. She is a senior at Butler University, studying Communications and Spanish.

This summer, I have had the privilege of working for Lilly’s Employee Communications team as a student contractor. It has been a great experience, but my connection to Lilly started well before I stepped through the doors in May.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 5 years old. My memories from that time are a blur. I mostly remember feeling scared and not understanding what was happening to me.

Not long ago, my mom and I talked about my diagnosis and how difficult the first few days, weeks and months were for my family. We had to learn a whole new way of life, revolving around my insulin therapy. My mom told me she didn’t think I would ever be able to do “normal” things like play sports, go to college or live by myself.

We have learned a lot about diabetes since then, and I can tell you that I’ve done all of those “normal” things and more. I played varsity soccer in high school, and I’m about to start my senior year at Butler University. I studied abroad in Spain for four months last fall. My diabetes presented a unique challenge in each of those situations, but it didn’t stop me.

Lilly helped me accomplish one of my goals after I graduated high school. I’m originally from Illinois, and as a senior in high school, I really wanted to attend Butler. But out-of-state tuition? Yikes. When I started looking for scholarships, I heard about the Diabetes Scholars Foundation. I applied and was thrilled to receive one of their scholarships—funded by the same company that I’ve been able to work for this summer.

Lilly Diabetes has partnered with the Diabetes Scholars Foundation since 2012, the year of my high-school graduation. Being one of the first students to receive a Lilly scholarship through this organization helped me to attend the out-of-state university I love.

In my eyes, Lilly is a company that goes above and beyond. Lilly provides important medications to patients around the world and also has a long history of following through on its values and its commitment to improve the communities it serves.

I am profoundly grateful for all the ways that Lilly has made my life better.


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