I am a type 1 diabetic, I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old. I remember constantly wanting to sleep, needing the toilet all the time and drinking so much water. I remember being the only child in the hospital ward with this disease and the nurses giving me an orange to practice doing injections. The nurses told me before I could be discharged home that both my parents needed to do my injection which I didn’t like as only I wanted to do it. I have experienced many many scary hypos both at home and workplace but have always had amazing people around me that have helped. But have also sometimes been mistaken for being drunk to the people that don’t understand this terrible illness. I believe I am still complication free only experiencing a few blips along the way with 3 beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband, I am so thankful each day to be alive and healthy as there are so many people out there who are worse off than me.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Do those injections hurt? My answer was yes sometimes but over the years I have got used to them.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
A lot of people told me I could never eat chocolate but everything is possible in moderation.
How do you inspire others?
Staying healthy for my beautiful children and husband
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I have had it for so many years now and I believe it has made me the person I am today. A year ago I was completely paralyzed in both my legs for over 6 months no explanation was found after going through numerous tests, but I still believe it was due to my diabetes as I wasn’t very well controlled at the time but once I took back control the feelings started to come back and within a year I was back walking like nothing had ever happened.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes has made me mentally drained at times physically exhausted and emotionally down but it has also made me the strongest person I can possibly be.