A new diagnosis can be overwhelming and traumatic, but some people find that they can use their health crisis as an opportunity to tap into their inner strength.

Alexys Fleming, owner of the makeup company MadeULook, recently opened up to HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani about how dealing with illness made her spirit stronger. Fleming, who suffers from diabetes, acknowledged the hardships of her condition, but discussed how she found empowerment in her diagnosis.

"I stay positive because it's a part of who I am," Fleming said. "It's a positive thing because it affects you in a way where it gives you maturity, it gives you responsibility, it gives you something you can hold on to and inspire others that it's okay, you're not alone, you are not the only person. We will have a cure one day but for now it's part of who you are."

Catch the full conversation at HuffPost Live HERE.

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  • <strong>"The first step toward changing the world is to change our vision of the world and of our place in it."</strong>

  • <strong>"Children brought up to feel that their lives have a larger purpose are more likely to keep their own troubles in perspective."</strong>

  • <strong>"When we feel we constantly have to prove ourselves at work, we give priority to our jobs over everything and everyone else."</strong>

  • <strong>"Being fearless doesn't mean living a life devoid of fear, but living a life in which our fears don't hold us back."</strong>

  • <strong>"Given adequate time and sufficient fear, we may hide so long that we hardly notice we're slowly suffocating."</strong>

  • <strong>"Naysayers have little power over us -- unless we give it to them."</strong>

  • <strong>"Squashing our true selves is a major cause of fear, anxiety, and depression."</strong>

  • <strong>"The more fearless we are in our personal lives, the more of that spirit we'll bring to changing our world."</strong>

  • <strong>"If we do rush in and make a bad decision, let's at least quickly forgive ourselves, learn, and move on."</strong>

  • <strong>"Survival behavior can be triggered by the fear of losing anything that we perceive as being part of our identity."</strong>

  • <strong>"Making the choice to move forward despite fear is an evolved decision that transcends our animal nature."</strong>

  • <strong>"We may not be able to tune our inner critics out entirely, but we don't have to let them run the show."</strong>

  • <strong>"That virtue called manliness is highly underrated in women. To me, it includes choosing to be brave rather than fearful."</strong>

  • <strong>"Refusing to be controlled by threats, guilt, blame -- even praise and blandishments -- is our true calling as human beings."</strong>

  • <strong>"A fear-driven life is a life not fully lived."</strong>