Lisa Allegra - The University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center

Lisa Allegra

Lisa AllegraLisa Allegra, born and raised in the Chicago area, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1976 at the age of twelve. Even after her diagnosis, Lisa remained a competitive swimmer and volleyball player. She attended Northern Illinois University where she studied business, later switching to biology with hopes of entering the medical arena. An afternoon trip to visit a brother-in-law at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange led to a career as a commodity trader for over 25 years. Lisa was one of few women traders at the Mercantile Exchange to experience success and longevity. With her trading career in high gear, her creative side led her to begin an interior design and real estate business mostly specializing in residential homes. Her biggest challenge and greatest achievement however has been learning the balance between controlling her type 1 diabetes and living a full and abundant life without hesitation. Lisa gave birth to her first child at the age of 44 after having type 1 for almost 34 years and now after having type 1 for over 40 years she is still free of major complications. She has worked with youth and teen groups along with their parents on how to incorporate care effortlessly into their lifestyle, instead of changing their lifestyle to suit their care. Throughout her life, and within her career and type 1 maintenance, she has always tried to exhibit the “why not” instead of the “why.” Lisa currently resides in Hinsdale with her husband Bob and son.

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