What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
‘What the f, is that heroin or something?’
On a date!
I kissed him.
How do you inspire others?
Sharing my struggles with managing blood glucose on Insta and Facebook, explaining to people how it works (unless someone knows from direct experiences or a friend or relative they Do. Not. Know. Especially and unusually, the medics!), talking about the good days too, sharing my problem solving skills – was refused a pump by my hospital, so I changed hospitals and after 1 month I got my pump! It’s been much less variable with a lot less work, telling people that it’s how we view things rather than what they are which is the ‘problem.’
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It’s solidified my capacity for resilience – I have never been scared of anything.
It’s helped me to do my job better – I work in public health.
It’s strengthened my empathy for others but also made me less accepting of excuses and inspired me to be more solution focused.
I climbed Kilimanjaro, have run the London marathon, lived along for 6 years, set up my own charity, was in costume at Notting Hill Carnival, heaps of different stuff.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Neither would fight me, they wouldn’t want to lose.