I was diagnosed with T1 when I was 3 years old (almost 20 years ago now!) and can’t remember anything different! I have always been on MDI but am looking into the pump which is super exciting! I really struggle with people’s lack of education on T1 and do what I can to teach people like extended family, friends and work colleagues considering it is becoming so prevalent these days! I also love fundraising and meeting other T1s!
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I can’t recall a weird question as such, but have definitely been asked if I ate too much sugar as a child. My response has always been “Oh yes, my parents chose for me to eat toffee apples for breakfast and marshmallows with dinner!”
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
One endocrinologist told me I couldn’t study nursing because of the shift work, yet through all of my placements so far I have come across so many nurses with pumps and lines hanging out everywhere! I will not believe that there are things I cannot do because of T1.
How do you inspire others?
I am aiming to inspire others by always staying busy, taking control of situations and not allowing myself to be unhappy. Why stay unhappy when you can do something to be happy?!
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I skipped some insulin on my ‘schoolies’ holiday after Year 12. I vomited every 10mins for 17hrs, and spent 4 out of 7 nights in hospital, and came home hardly fitting in my clothing and pretty sick. It was the start of too many years in a ‘burn out’. I’m finally getting back on track and feeling amazing!
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I have learned not to care what other people think of me, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. I have also learned to take time out of life for myself, like joining a gym!
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Definitely 100 regular sized ducks, because just like life, we are thrown lots of little problems all at once but eventually we get through them all!