I was always conscious of my diet and tried to be as active as possible throughout my younger years.
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in my late 20’s after my doctor noticed an above normal glucose reading in my random pathology tests.
At the time of my diagnosis I felt scared and very anxious. Following my diagnosis I did a lot of research into diabetes as I was the first person in my family to be diagnosed with it. Over the years I’ve had two sudden hypo episodes – one while driving on the freeway and the second while at work – although these were many years ago now.
My research into diabetes took my career in a new direction and led to me taking a role as an administrator with the Department of Endocrinology. Over the years I’ve become very passionate about nutritional medicine which in turn led to my my current role with NSW Health Sydney Eating Disorders Department.
While I was the first member of my family to be diagnosed with diabetes my father and two brothers have now also been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I work really hard to eat a healthy diet and try to stay active by walking daily and doing low impact exercise at home instead of the gym due to COVID. I also encourage my family to do the same.
I try to maintain a positive outlook as much as possible. It would really like to meet others who live with diabetes – whether recently diagnosed or living with it for a long time – because I believe our experience gives us something in common and we can learn from each other.
I hope to that by being an Ambassador I can inspire others to live a positive healthy life with diabetes and not see it as a burden that will stop them from chasing their goals and dreams.