Kirilly White

Type 1

I was diagnosed at the beginning of year 7 as a happy little 12 year old. I originally went to the doctor thinking I had a cold and gastro bug and was told I had a virus. But I ended up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital and that’s where I found out I had type 1 diabetes.

My diagnosis came as a big shock to our family as there was no history of type 1 diabetes at all.

After a few days in ICU, I started learning about managing my diabetes and the new lifestyle I would be living. It was scary at first and painful. It was also scary for Mum as she initially took the main role of managing my diabetes but it wasn’t too long before I became confident enough to take it on myself.

When I went back to school I had some up and down moments. It was often hard explaining my diabetes care to my teachers. Luckily for me I had a great best friend who was beside me supporting me every step of the way. Even as we watched Professor Bumble bee to learn more about diabetes. We’re still best friends all these years later. I am very open about my diabetes and am lucky to have a great support network around me.

Over the years I’ve had my up and down days with diabetes but I try not to let it win!

I am in my final year at Uni where I’m studying a Bachelor of Health Science. I’m also active community volunteer as a girl-guide leader and at the netball for the Sydney Swifts and GWS giants. I also enjoy public speaking and advocating for and educating others about type 1 diabetes.

 

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