I was very ill months before I was diagnosed, in and out of hospital constantly. Then they told me I was type one diabetic and obviously my life changed. My friends didn’t believe me and when they did they wouldn’t hold my hands in games because they thought I had needles in my fingers. I now have a pump and have had for four years. I also struggle with social anxiety which has a knock on affect with my diabetes and can often lead to high bloods but I’m getting there.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
‘Is it contagious?’ I responded with no it’s something that affects the inside of my body and it can be passed down to my children and their children and so on but it’s not contagious.
How do you inspire others?
I don’t let diabetes get in my way. If I want to do something I will but sometimes it just has to be done at my own pace. I’m currently getting more and more work experience as a makeup artist which is what I’ve wanted to do for years. Diabetes can get in the way because if I hypo I’ll become shaky and struggle to do precise makeup but I just make sure I always check my bloods before I start.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has helped me mature as I was diagnosed at quite a young age, it has also made me more accepting of others because you don’t know what battles people are fighting just by looking at them.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks because I wouldn’t fight them I’d offer them bread and tame them and then I would have 100 pet ducks