I live on the Isle of Man, a little island in the Irish Sea. I live with my mum, dad and one younger sister, plus my two dogs and one cat. I love living next to the sea, I am a keen water sport goer and love kayaking, sailing and coasteering. I have been an active member of a swimming club and teach swimming, I also swam for the IOM swimming squad and ran for my local athletics and cross-country clubs.
I am a member of the Manx Diabetic Group, having an active role of helping organise events for children and teenagers on the island.
I have been on two Diabetes UK holidays and thoroughly enjoyed them!
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Does injecting into your bum make it bigger?
I would like that but no, it’s goes into my bloodstream.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was once told I wasn’t aloud to go on roller coasters and showed them by going on the tallest one in Britain.
How do you inspire others?
I help other people I know with type one diabetes who are younger cope with the daily demands and how to deal with certain situations.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
On the Christmas of 2012 I had to go to the children’s ward for the night because my blood sugar *different unit of measurement where I’m from* were in the mid twenties and hadn’t been coming down for hours. I had ketones and was sick because of them. I missed Christmas dinner and celebrations, whilst ruining my families gathering! Since then I haven’t been back in the ward for high bloods, I’ve learnt the hard way.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
My diabetes is reasonable for my level of maturity. I had to learn how to do my blood testing and insulin when I was 5. I’ve learnt how to cope with challenging situations due to changes I’ve had to deal with. I believe I am mentally stronger and have more of a drive to achieve due to overcoming bullying because of my illness. Emotionally my diabetes at times completely drains me and I really don’t want to know, it becomes and added annoyance. Physically I’m just more concerned about how I look when my insulin pump is sticking out.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
A horse sized duck, less nipping and flapping.