Cobra Kai's Mary Mouser who has type 1 diabetes finds it hard to maintain sugar level on set
The 23-year-old works actively with JDRF, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of type 1 diabetes research
June marks 10 years since Mary Mouser was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. But that didn't seem to deter the 23-year-old as she opened up to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) in an exclusive interview about battling diabetes on sets.
"When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I felt very isolated and very sad," Mouser said. "[Being] separated from my family and all these people who were trying to be there for me but you just don't understand that there's this wall in your life, you don't get this massive change that just happened in your life."
'Cobra Kai' just like its movie predecessors involved intense training and that meant Mouser had to adapt and make changes in her life accordingly. "The basic way I live my life is completely different. Eating is completely different. For instance, hot lights in the set bring my blood sugar down and if I am doing a scene, a bunch of martial art moves, I gotta be stuffing my face with snacks in between, all these things changed in my life," she explained.
In addition, Mouser also spoke about the time she was able to go to Congress and be part of a panel that discussed funding for a cure for type 1 diabetes and termed it a "crazy" experience. "It was actually this whole big gathering of kids who had type 1 diabetes and there were kids from ages 4 to 17, and I think there were over a 100 kids there," Mouser recounted.
"We were all in this one big room and I got to be on the panel and it was so crazy and I pinch[ed] myself [the] moment that I really had to fight back tears while answering questions because people were coming up with questions and I was like 'Oh I had asked that question at one point' and it felt so cool and special to connect with these people at that point."
Mouser also works actively with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the world’s largest nonprofit funder of T1D research and has spoken at events and Congressmen about funding with the charity.
She will reprise her role as Samantha LaRusso in the upcoming season 3 of 'Cobra Kai' is September 2020. Meanwhile, seasons 1 and 2 are available for streaming on YouTube Premium.
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