We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Langholz-Aldava and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I’d like to think that my “business” helps the community and even the world by sharing diabetes awareness, specifically type one diabetes. Also called T1D. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of seven in 2003. Growing up, I never had any connection with other diabetics around my age. I felt like an outcast, and back then, it was really difficult for adults and peers to understand my disease. To an extent, I feel the same way now. T1D isn’t how tv shows and movies show it to be. That’s why in 2017, I decided to create Speak Up & Speak Loud on Facebook and Instagram. I wanted to share my real experiences in the past and present to give those who don’t understand an insight of what my life is like living with diabetes. This also shows those who do understand my disease that they aren’t alone and that their feelings toward diabetes are valid. By sharing my experiences and feelings, I hope that this gives the world a different way to view type one diabetes.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To describe my story and me in general in one word is, transparent. I don’t sugarcoat things when it comes to dealing with T1D. I just want people to see that it’s not as “simple” as Hollywood makes it to be. I’d say the biggest challenge I’ve had to get to where I am today is just being known. It’s been a long process to build up an audience. I’m very thankful for the audience I have now and will have in the future. I’m proud of how far I’ve come since starting Speak Up & Speak Loud in 2017.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Being from the Midwest, (Indiana to be exact) the first place I’d take my best friend would be my favorite beach, La Jolla Cove. To be honest, I haven’t explored much of San Diego since I moved here in 2016. The trolley tour would be another to-do list item. My best friend could experience a little bit of everything San Diego offers in a day. Then, if there’s anything they’d like to see more in depth, we can do that another day. Definitely to finish off the week, we’d go to Sunset Cliffs. That’s my favorite place. It’s so peaceful and the sunset is never the same each time I go.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to dedicate this shoutout to my mom, who passed away from type one diabetes in 2008. She’s my inspiration for wanting to spread diabetes awareness.