Kirsten Margaret 30/04/1995. Insulin dependent type on diabetic since I was 3 years old.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I’m not sure about the weirdest question, I always get the questions like “so you can’t eat sugar?” “Do the injections hurt?” Yes, I can eat sugar and yes, the injections do hurt, but they keep me alive so I’m not going to stop taking them.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes affects me EVERY day of my life, can’t deny that. One story I have was really scary for me, and actually contributed to me changing back from my insulin pump to injections. I had been out with friends when my insulin pump stopped working. Couldn’t get through to the help centre (rang 53 times!) long story short I wasn’t getting any insulin, became extremely ill from this – ketones, migraine, sickness etc… I managed to fix this myself but it was a close call as to whether I should have been in hospital. I stopped using my insulin pump for this reason along with some others, and went back on injections. I’m much more in control, and a lot happier now.

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