November is Diabetes Awareness Month but this year, it’s important to recognize that individuals who are diabetic can suffer more severe complications from COVID-19, like Jenna Warren, a Canadian actor who can be seen on Netflix’s Grand Army, who is navigating her career with Type 1 diabetes during a pandemic.
“I’ve definitely been more careful,” Warren, 20, told Yahoo Canada. “I was just filming in Hamilton last month, so everyone on set did know that I have diabetes and that it’s an autoimmune condition, and that I am higher-risk.”
Warren was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was in Grade 11, shortly after filming a movie in Ottawa. Before being diagnosed, she told her dad she felt like there was “poison in her stomach” that felt really acidic, after she had significant weight loss. Once it was confirmed that Warren was diabetic, she saw it as a “challenge” for her to tackle.