I’ve faced a lot of hurdles through my time. The biggest thing is to stay less stressed, don’t give a care to anyone else’s drama’s, be yourself, be a diabetic and you will live a great diabetic life. Don’t be in denial when you have time to over come things. Get on top of it, and don’t blame anyone or anything. Just get it done!!
I was diagnosed just after my 21st birthday. I had been sick for years and doctors did not pick up on me having diabetes, until after my 21st I said; “enough is enough”. I went back for more checks and I finally was diagnosed. It felt like a long time coming. I had actually suspected I had it 2 years before I was diagnosed. I was studying pharmacy at the time and was doing an assignment on diabetes when I noticed the symptoms were very similar to what I was feeling.
This is my tenth year of diabetes but for many of those, I was in complete denial about my diagnosis. No one in my family has diabetes and nor did my friends at the time, which left me feeling quite alone and like I didn’t have anyone who understood what I was going through. After much self discovery, trial and error with different diets and daily life practices, I made the decision to shift to a mostly plant based and whole foods diet.
I’m an Australian registered dietitian living with MODY diabetes who loves a good brunch and beach run. I have a twin sister (who doesn’t have diabetes) which has taught me not to compare myself to others.