I am a 19 year old girl living in New Zealand. I was diagnosed in March 2011 at the age of 14. I have been a fit and healthy young person my whole life until one summer where I lost around 10 kilos. Two months later I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It has been the most challenging thing I have ever faced and is an ongoing battle. However it has changed my outlook on life, I believe it has made me a healthier person, exercise and healthy eating has become a lifestyle for me. I am currently studying to be a nurse with a hope to work in third world countries and help to set up medical facilities. The one thing having diabetes has taught me is that I may be unlucky and I might have it tough sometimes but there are always people out there much worse off than myself and my goal in life is to help those people.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
The one question I have been asked a number of times is did you used to be fat? This question drives me crazy, people still think that type 1 diabetics bring this disease upon themselves and I believe people need to be educated about the difference  between type 1 and type 2.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
The past few years have been a very hard time for me. I have had a lot of emotional stress placed upon me. I never realized what this did to my diabetes, my sugar levels were constantly high, I again lost another 10 kgs just last year. Since then I have made sure that I am in a good place surrounded by people who inspire and make me feel good about myself. In the last few months I have put on 12 kgs and I have never been so happy and healthy in my life. I think it is crucial when living with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes to ensure your environment is supportive and loving. P.s- the photo is me at my current weight.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I’m scared of ducks haha

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