I'm eighteen, diagnosed at twelve. It hasn't been easy, but joining this group and finding people who understand has been amazing.
I want other diabetics to know they're not alone.
I joined the group with the hope of supporting others to make the changes I did and hopefully improve the support and services available for young people with Type 1.
I'm Gemma, was diagnosed when I was 3. I got involved with the group because it was a good opportunity to meet other young diabetics.
I got involved in the project to meet other people with Type 1 Diabetes and hearing other people's stories.
I joined the group in hope to make friends with young diabetics that were in the same position as me and ultimately wanted better patient care.
I'm 17 and live near Edinburgh. I was diagnosed two weeks before I turned 16 so I'm still a bit of a diabetes baby. I've just left school (eek! I don't feel old enough to do that) and plan to spend a year working before I go to uni.
I got involved with the group to be inspired and learn more about Type 1 diabetes! And to hear everyone’s stories and tips about Type 1 diabetes.
I got involved in this project as I realised that sitting back and waiting for someone to make a change for you is not the way to go, so why not make the change yourself and meet new amazing people in the process? Getting involved was definitely the best choice I have made!
I became involved to make a difference, increase equality of care and reduce the lack of awareness across all generations across the country
Living with type 1 diabetes is hard, especially as I've only lived with it for a year and a half, and it's been such a lifestyle change for me. It has made me think about things, like how much I'm eating, or how will this exercise affect my body that I would never think of before. I joined the group so I can hopefully help other people who are in the same situation as me. This group is important to young people because it consists of young people who understand, rather than health care workers who know the health implications but not the social and mental implications.
I'm Linzi and I've been type 1 for over 11 years, and on a pump for nearly 2 years! I didn't always cope with diabetes, resulting in a psychologist! With the support from groups similar to this I am happier and can now cope with life.
Type 1 has always been a part of my life with my older brother having the condition and myself getting diagnosed in 2003. I wanted to meet more people with the condition and be able to make a change in how people see the condition, from doctors to those living with it. I studied psychology and would love to see more input from psychology in its many forms to give support in diabetes care, not just the facts and figures.
I have had type 1 for about 4 years now, (ironically diagnosed on remembrance day, certainly one way to remember having diabetes) and well it has been a long and tiresome battle to keep my blood glucose under control.
Andy Dufrense in the film; 'Shawshank Redemption' firmly quotes what diabetes means to me:
“Bad luck, I guess. It floats around. It's got to land on somebody. It was my turn, that's all. I was in the path of the tornado. I just didn't expect the storm would last as long as it has”
Foolishly in the beginning I just thought it would pass within a few weeks like a cold or common flu, how wrong I was. I admit, at times I didn't make the best of decisions reflecting my diabetes, but now when I think of it, it made me who I am today.
No matter what, or how you feel, just don't let diabetes change you. YOU change it.