I have been living with diabetes for 18 years and I want everyone to know that diabetes is not a barrier to anything we may want to achieve in life! I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1996, when I was just 10 years old.
Initially it was a huge shock – I’d dreamed of being a fighter pilot and one of the first things I discovered was that you can’t be a pilot if you have diabetes. So the diagnosis left me annoyed, depressed, frustrated and angry. School was a struggle as I had to retreat to the nurses office to eat meals at different times to everyone else, and my friends and I couldn’t understand.
My family were really supportive and I quickly came to realise the world was my oyster as much as it is anyone else’s! I became a cycling enthusiast in my early teens and have raced professionally against some of the world’s best, across five continents over the past five years. I’m proving diabetes really is no barrier to our dreams.
Justin tells his story here: