I am 19 years old and was diagnosed with type one diabetes at age 15. It did change my life but I never let it control me. I control it. I still live my life just as I did when I didn’t have diabetes. I have recently passed my driving test and am proud of myself. I’ve proved I can aim high just like anyone else. I work hard and still enjoy going out with my friends. I do think about my diabetes now and then but overall am happy and rather healthy. I’m enjoying life and I always think there is someone out there worse off than me and am grateful for what I have. I have a supportive family, friends and the doctors help me keep control of things. Everyone eventually ends up with some condition. Sadly that’s how life is with age or with reasons we do not know. I would rather myself have diabetes than someone like my baby brother. I’m aiming to get further in my career as a hair technician and that I will prove to everyone I’m just like everyone else . Diabetes is part of me and I can’t change that . 🙂

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Can you not eat chocolate ?
Someone asked me this once and it did shock me and made me feel bad but I did tell them I could and I could eat anything in moderation as long as I did my insulin I would be fine .

How do you inspire others?
Just got to keep thinking. Worrying and getting upset won’t change anything. If you keep happy and positive in life you can achieve anything you want. Don’t let diabetes control you. Control your diabetes. Don’t ever let it be the reason you stop doing something. I recently passed my driving test and have just bought my first car. I’m pleased with myself. I’ve bwent to New York last year and all while having diabetes it didn’t stop me from achieving some of my dreams

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Before I got diabetes I took a lot of things for granted I didn’t really spend much time with my family and was one of these people that wouldn’t get involved in anything . I suppose that’s what teenagers do, however when I got ill and was diagnosed with diabetes it shocked me and made me realize life is to short and that these things happen to anybody. Mentally it’s made me stronger as I believe to enjoy life a lot more and physically I keep my self a bit more fit than I did. I walk to and from work everyday and go for a jog regularly. It hasn’t stopped me doing anything

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck as couldn’t imagine 100 ducks around me :/

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