Shireen

Shireen

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I was asked whether I had eaten to many sweets and if I am okay with being at fault for my diabetes.
I said that as a type 1 diabetic I didn’t have a choice and that my body is waging war on itself.

How do you inspire others?
I always have a smile on my face. My diabetes has been that bad that it almost killed me. If I let it beat me I lose the fight. If I let it change me I am letting my diabetes control me and not the other way around. That is not an option.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I had a heavy keto which resulted in me being reanimated. I can’t remember what happened. It wasn’t my fault. I was ill and my levels got the better of me. I remember hallucinating and hyperventilating. That was it. After being transferred to a normal ward I met a guy who also has diabetes. That was two years ago and I don’t know what I would do without my best friend now. We motivate each other. Keep each other on track.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I would say I am mentally stronger. I have been through a lot with my diabetes. And if trouble comes my way I find it easier to confront – because what is scarier than needles and daily injections? As a needle-phobic, nothing now.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks.



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