Kevin Batliwala

Type 1

I am a type 1 diabetic and I was diagnosed in Easter 2010 at 12 years old. I spent about ten days in hospital to get my Blood Glucose Levels under control and to learn a lot of new things about diabetes.

The night before I left to go to China with my school, I told mum I had lost three kilograms and the day after I left, she recognised I was showing symptoms of type 1 diabetes and alerted the school. When I returned she organised for me to have a blood test and that’s when it was confirmed that I had type 1 diabetes.

I quickly became aware of the lack of education around diabetes. A lot of people in the community don’t know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Some strangers on public transport who noticed the plastic tube sticking out under my school shirt have asked me “Are you carrying a bomb?” I have told them that I am a diabetic and this is my insulin pump that I have to carry in order to survive. They apologise but at least they now know. I would like to help educate others about type 1 diabetes.

It hasn’t stopped me from doing anything though. I love sport! I’ve taken up tennis and participate in Australian ranking tournaments and represent my school. It’s my passion and I want to go as far as possible with it – so my message is don’t let diabetes stop you from achieving your goals, you can achieve anything you really want to. Don’t use diabetes as an excuse.

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