I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 14 in May 2000. At first I was scared – the only thing I knew about type 1 diabetes was that it involved needles!
It helped that I was going on an overseas school trip only six weeks later and I was determined not to miss out. I had to learn quickly and prove that I could manage type 1 diabetes by myself so that I could go. And I did!
I think type 1 diabetes has made me a stronger person. It has given me a strong character, independence and a will to fundraise to find a cure as well an appreciation for all charities who are trying to raise money for the various research projects we need.
I first met Brad when I was 18 and he has always been such amazing support. We’ve been together for 9 ½ years now and are approaching our first wedding anniversary. He is always there for me on the days I do get frustrated with type 1 diabetes and makes my life easier whenever he can, especially when recovering from a hypo on the lounge!
On my wedding day, I had a sparkly clutch that I kept my meter and emergency jellybeans in, which was always close to hand. I tested as I normally would every few hours or so, and took my pump out for a bolus when I ate. I wore my pump clipped to my bra as normal and had the most amazing day of my life.
Moving forward, I’m really looking forward to the day that continuous glucose monitoring is affordable enough for everyday use and also the next step to closing the loop with having your pump react to your blood sugar levels. Hopefully next month I can take part in a research trial to test this out.
In January, I am participating in my fifth Ride to Cure Diabetes for JDRF and if everyone knew the valuable research they do into finding a cure, we could take it one step further with an increase in fundraising. JDRF are trying to achieve what every person living with type 1 diabetes wants, a cure. So I am willing to help as much as I can!