I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was eight years old. I had no idea what this meant at the time and heavily relied on my parents to constantly check my blood glucose levels, treat my hypos, carb count, and administer my insulin.
Throughout my schooling years I avoided anything that was sports and activity-based, mainly as I was absolutely terrified of having hypos, but also because I didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that I was ‘different’. This really affected my self-confidence as I missed out on so many fun opportunities like sports carnivals and school camps.
I am now 27, and still struggle, often asking myself ‘…why?’. These struggles are not only with the daily management of my diabetes, but also include the stigma attached due to the lack of community understanding and knowledge about type 1 diabetes.
Although having diabetes is a full-time job, it does not limit my ability to live my best life. That’s why I want to be part of this community, so I can speak up, dispell some of the myths about diabetes and raise greater awareness in the community.