When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 14, I felt my life was going to go downhill and I wouldn’t be able to achieve anything in my life. Plenty of people living with diabetes use their condition as an excuse: I’m not one of them.
I remember being in a hospital bed one evening crying because I felt this was the end and I wouldn’t be able to do what my friends could do and people would look at me funny. Shortly after someone else with diabetes came and spoke to me in the ward about their experiences. It was around then that I learned various athletes also had type 1 diabetes and this made me think maybe it wasn’t so bad.
I am now a professional body builder with a low calorie and carbohydrate diet – I work out for more than two hours a day and recently won the Mr Australia title.
Younger generations are often concerned with body image but living with diabetes gives the best possible advantage to look great and be healthy when compared to the wider community – because we are forced to be more aware of our bodies.
Life with diabetes has become easier because I changed my mindset, my habits and my lifestyle. I have maintained a positive attitude towards diabetes to enable me to push my boundaries. My staple diet consists of Barramundi, green beans and salmon and I help other people living with diabetes to achieve their weight loss goals and their dreams – one of the most satisfying things I’ve done in my life.