Harriet, 29, nurse and former holiday rep! Live life to the fullest, love your diabetes, and live a life of abundance in a plant based world.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Most common… Does it hurt?

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes a lot of the time, different job such as living abroad because the heat affects my sugar levels- so I became a holiday rep. Working shifts when I became a nurse but I’m still doing it and ways of eating I follow a plant based diet for the past two years and it has massively improved my health.

How do you inspire others?
I love to volunteer and do charity work my biggest achievement was the shine marathon for cancer research and this year I’m doing the tough mudder. I’m part of a group that helps women accept and love themselves for being them and I’m working at incorporating diabetes into this as it has massively improved my physical and mental health.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
If I’m honest I’ve never let it. I’ve always thought that there are people worse off and not to let it control me but for me to control it. It was affected when I didn’t take care of myself and suffered an eating disorder but my diabetes and the diabetes doctors were the help I needed to seek help for the disorder and get myself back on track.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It’s made me see that there are always people worse off, if someone tells me I can’t do something I’ll work twice as hard to prove I can! Diabetes doesn’t stand in the way.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Not fight at all! I’ll have all the ducks and horses as pets though.

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