Phoebe Garrett

Type 1

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September 2009 at the age of 12.

Following a frightening viral infection, I rapidly developed the common symptoms of diabetes including increased thirst and urination, crippling fatigue and a ketotic breath. With two nurses as parents, I was soon rushed to the doctor, then hospital, and was diagnosed with type 1.

I spent a week in hospital and began management on multiple daily injections.

Within 2 years I transitioned to a pump and have been using one ever since. I am incredibly active person and have previously struggled with managing my blood sugars during and after exercise. The pump has been instrumental in my success in being able to exercise without experiencing significant highs or lows. Sharing my knowledge and personal experience around exercising with type 1 diabetes is something I am very passionate about.

Although I am confident and competent in managing the condition now after 7 years, there will always be emotional difficulties and physical pain behind the injections and pin pricks. Burnout is real and must be acknowledged to be overcome. My medical team, family and friends are great support systems in getting me through these struggles and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Since my diagnosis I have completed high school and have attained a bachelor degree in Physiotherapy. I have attended diabetes camps as both a camper and a leader, and have formed lifelong friendships through these events. I am a musical person who plays the piano, is learning guitar and enjoys singing. When I’m not working as a physio or am behind an instrument, you will find me playing with my black Labrador pup and being outdoors.

Diabetes has never held me back from achieving my goals. The condition is one that I believe makes me a stronger, more resilient and organised person.

I am a strong advocate for living a fulfilled life without being limited by diabetes. I aim to inspire other type one’s to also reach for the stars and to never let diabetes hold them back.

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