I’ve now had T1 diabetes for close to 25 years. I was diagnosed at 7 months old. Diabetes has never held me back from anything I wanted to achieve.

It is said that I was at one point the youngest person in Australia to be diagnosed with diabetes. Not sure how accurate that is but Mum and Dad have told me that. You may have to ask them haha.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The weirdest question I have been asked is “What’s your favorite colored lollies”

My response was
“Haha red, they make you go faster”

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Many, many times. And to me it’s not about proving them wrong. It’s about showing people that diabetics can also do what most think we can’t do.

– Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos/Chicago Bears quarter back

– Halle Berry, famous Hollywood actor.

As a diabetic we can achieve anything we set our minds to 😀

How do you inspire others?
I inspire others with my positivity towards diabetes and having a “Can do attitude”. I love seeing people overcome their challenges.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It has affected me in many ways, good and not so good.
But what has worked for me is writing down all my readings, and going over my good weeks and my not so good weeks and finding out what works and what doesn’t and committing to a game plan that works for my lifestyle and diabetes.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It has contributed to me forming into the person I am today mentally by going through all the challenges we are faced with each day but always coming out on top, no matter how bad it gets I know I’ll overcome the challenge.

Physically, it has formed me into a person today who loves being active, getting outdoors and generally moving. If I’m not active I know what complications I can face down the track. So I make sure I’m active for at least 30 minutes a day. Plus there are so many ways you can make 30 mins of exercise into something really fun!

And emotionally, it has allowed me to build a rhino thick skin, a lot of people back in schooling years gave me bit of a hard time because I had diabetes. Not because they were bullies but simply because they didn’t understand diabetes. So for that I’m lucky to have had those challenges because today I don’t have any emotional attachment to my diabetes. I’m proud to say I have type 1 diabetes 🙂

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Haha I wouldn’t fight them, I’d talk my way out of the situation so we can all be friends. So I’ll take the 100 regular sized ducks and the 1 horse sized duck any day.
And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want 101 extra duck friends. Especially if one is horse sized 😉

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