I’m crazy about horses, shopping and films! Whether I am walking the dogs or out with the ponies, I’m always found outdoors! I love to be with my family – especially my mum as she’s my best friend and has always been there for me. My other best friend is an animal, and yes it’s a horse! Abbey and I talk about everything. She always keeps my secrets and gives me a hug when I’m down. I love the fact that she can’t judge me – even though I know no one ever would!
How do you inspire others?
My dream is to keep people aware of diabetes in sports! Like when I am competing with my horse and need some assistance or care, they need to know what the signs are of a hypo in comparison to a hyper. As both should be treated completely differently to the other!
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of six, so for as long as I can remember I have had to deal with it – through the good and bad times. I don’t see diabetes as a problem.. But more of a characteristic that is part of me!
It has affected me, in good ways and bad. I take the good with a smile on my face, and the bad with a skip in my step!
When I was admitted to the hospital, at six years old – – it was the scariest time ever! My mum ensured I was always content and people came to visit me often. I didn’t know what was going on, but knew something wasn’t right. This was when I was diagnosed with diabetes, and even though I didn’t know the full extent of it then, I don’t blame any of it on anyone and never would! My mum always reminds me of the people who were there, the ones that always showed their support! I respect them, and always want to make those people proud. When I was 10, my great-great Grandad passed away, this was when I stopped looking after myself properly. I didn’t care what happened, I just missed my Grandad. I cried myself to sleep and wished I had been able to tell him I loved him one more time. But with this, it made me a stronger person and so I made it my goal to keep myself happy and healthy for him! I keep that with me to this day!
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I believe I am mentally, physically and emotionally stronger. Having lived with diabetes for as long as I can remember it has meant that I have had to be strong for both myself and my family. Staying healthy is done by constantly talking to friends and family about what’s getting you down, as if no one knows the problem, how is it going to be fixed? Staying physically strong is done through my best friend, my horse Abbey. We will always be together and care for each other, and it’s important to have that bond with someone whether it be human or animal. Staying emotionally strong has to be the hardest. When feelings get the best of you, don’t be afraid to show someone. My special someone is my mum, and whether yours is your mum, dad, nan, grandad, sibling, lover or best friend, ensure you talk to them – and about anything and everything! How your day has been, whats made you smile, whats made you sad, why they are the person you love and why you are so blessed to have them.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Hmmm I would welcome a hundred regular sized ducks into my arms! So those would be cool!