I wanted to share my story, last year I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a few years previous to this I had a full Military career in the Royal Australian Navy however left for various reasons, upon rejoining I learned that I am a T1 diabetic.

Now I’m in the best shape of my life. I weight lift 5 times a week specializing in cross fit and Olympic lifting where I can dead lift twice my bodyweight and Olympic lift my current bodyweight. I’m working towards finally having that 6 pack and just simply enjoying life with my partner and her daughter.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Can’t you just exercise? I responded by explaining the vigorous Olympic lifting training program that I’m on, how fit I actually am, and if they don’t believe me they can meet me in the gym.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I wanted to become a paramedic however having T1 diabetes stopped me from becoming one as here in Australia there is a zero tolerance.

How do you inspire others?
I inspire others by never giving up, no matter what life throws my way. I work hard and train in the gym even harder. I changed my career from chef to real estate agent and am now working towards building a happy future for myself and my family.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
For quite some time I didn’t want to believe it, didn’t want to accept it and became very angry towards most things. In the short time I’ve had the disease I’ve learned to accept it and increased my knowledge to learn as much as I can about it. I still have my days where I get angry, low blood sugar, etc, but I try just to smile and get through it.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It changes how I think and has increased my knowledge in hope that I can help other T1 diabetics out there. I do have moments when I’m angry or sad for no real reason at all. But It has taught me to never give up.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular ducks in the a matrix kind of fight scene.

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