DUK THE HIGHS. DUK THE LOWS. DUK DIABETES. MADE BY YOUNG PEOPLE WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES.

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Rachel's Story

Why I Joined the Group

 

I joined the group because I wanted to meet other diabetics my own age. After being the only diabetic in my school and homelife for nearly 10 years, I wanted to hear other people's stories and to meet new people.

 

I never expected to meet all of the inspiring people that I have met and bonded with, especially with me being one of the youngest in the group. I look up to everyone, and they are all my new role models - I'm very proud to know them.

 

What being Type 1 Means to Me

 

Being a Type 1 Diabetic can be very infuriating and can feel like a burden. But other times I feel like it's one of the best things that has ever happened to me because I've never felt so good even though I don't have the strongest immune system!

 

Being diabetic has also taught me to be organised, take control of my life and has made me a stronger person. I'm not going to lie I haven't been an angel when it comes to my diabetes but it's something that nearly everyone goes through, I think.

Rach

Why you feel this group is important and can be crucial for young people?

 

I think the group is really important because everyone helps one another and I think a support system is vital with a life-long condition like diabetes. Being a part of this group I have met many inspirational people who I am very proud to know and have helped me to get my diabetes under control and I hope that more groups like ours are set up so that more young diabetics can have the amazing support that I have.