Alannah Gilroy

Type 1

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2012 at the age of 14. When I was diagnosed I was extremely shocked, scared and overwhelmed with the thought of living with a chronic illness. I had little knowledge about the disease, I even thought I had caused it myself.

While in hospital I started to feel a lot more comfortable and safe because there were nurses with me all the time – when I came home it was strange and upsetting returning to my normal life. I felt like a completely different person with boundaries and rules I had to follow.

Although it was a lot of responsibility, my parents were a great support. I know at times you can feel lonely and as though there is no one else like you. I have learned that you need to speak up about your condition and prioritise your needs or people will not be able to help you.

Life is different now – I have had to do things I never thought I could do before and I no longer feel intimidated and scared of the illness, I am in control, and every day I am still learning new things about the condition and my body.

I’m currently completing year 12 and have a part time job and I’m managing my diabetes well. Diabetes NSW has helped me improve my knowledge and introduced me to other people living with diabetes who inspire me to achieve all my goals and work towards having the best control over my health.

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