My name is Lauren, I am a primary school teacher. I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old and in January it will be my 20th year of being a type 1 diabetic.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
How can you do that? Well if I don’t I’ll die so it’s not really an option.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was told when I was younger that I’d not be able to travel far from home….I have travelled all over the world, I moved away to go to university and I now live in my own.
How do you inspire others?
I’ve never let my diabetes stop me from achieving my life goals. I wanted to move away to go to university so I did. I wanted to work in America and travel so I did. Diabetes has never been an obstacle for me, I just plan ahead and pack my supplies and away I go.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It’s not easy, type 1 has its challenges. The scarred fingers and irritated injection and pump sites. But without my diabetes I would never have worked in the American summer camp that I did. I would never have met my fiancé (we worked at a camp for type 1 diabetics), I wrote my university dissertation on how diabetes can affect children’s education. I was inspired by the children’s stories from camp and my own personal experiences, I got a thirst for it, if I was never diagnosed the wonderful things that have happened in my life would not have taken place.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I am stronger than I ever thought I could be. I’m very aware of my body and emotions.