I’m an identical twin, living in Worcester and I live for sport. I’ve played lots of different kinds of sports ever since I could walk and I have done everything along side my sister. Until last December, during my mock exams I lost a lot of weight, drank lots of water and got a little stressed out when my teacher just told me to check things out. I went to the doctor, who sent me into hospital and my sugars were in the 40’s. I’ve had a very strong support system from different players at netball and my step mum.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Do you have to take your insulin, I couldn’t be a diabetic I hate needles, why don’t you just stop.
Well, because that would lead to a very skinny me, blindness, and spiral quickly into death.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I’ve not been diabetic for very long, but in my last ever French lesson we did quizzes. The prize was sweets, but my teacher did not let me take any!
How do you inspire others?
I keep going. Taking every day as it comes. When I was first diagnosed I didn’t let it get me down, which I got told my many was very inspiring. I just accepted it was my life now, bought a little bag which I named Debbie to keep all my needles, testers in and me and Debbie have stuck together ever since.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
There has been no real affect. Yes, there has been the odd day when I feel like telling diabetes where to stick it. In some cases, it’s been a benefit, my blood sugars dropping so I can’t take part in suicide runs at training, (oh no what a shame). I got told by my step mum on the day I was diagnosed, ‘you control the diabetes, the diabetes doesn’t control you’, and that is how I have coped.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It had made me realize just how poorly I used to eat and treat my body. I have grown a greater understanding on healthy living and I’ve never been happier in my own skin. Physically it’s made my fingers harder and little pain is no pain.
Diabetes has given me a uniqueness, which is an abstract concept for a identical twin.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks! Think of all the fun, you look like you are Jackie Chan!