Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day, a campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness and reflect the realities of dealing with a chronic condition.
"Nearly ten years ago my life changed dramatically when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Since then, I learned how to manage and live well with this disease and made it my mission to speak openly about it with the hope of helping others deal with the struggles of managing diabetes in their own life. When I share my personal story, the questions I most often hear are, "What did you eat that gave you diabetes?" or "Does that mean you were lazy as a kid?" Although it's been difficult to deal with the misinformation out there, I always found a way to not let the lack of knowledge surrounding diabetes affect me. I can't do that any longer, and that is why I'm excited to join Juliet, Sarah and Sam in BEYOND TYPE 1. With BEYOND TYPE 1, we will create a community for diabetics where they can share real-life stories about how they are living beyond Type 1 diabetes, and how they have shown that living with the disease has not slowed them down. Sometimes, something happens in your life and you wonder what good can come of it – these stories will surprise some people and they are meant to. We need to eradicate the stigma that comes from having a chronic illness. We have a long way to go in the education of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and in that lack of knowledge is the even harsher reality that we are still very far from a cure. BEYOND TYPE 1 will also focus on raising funds for research to find a cure. I am confident we will get there someday, but it will take a lot of people doing what they can to help. We are strong together. My name is Nick and this is how I live beyond." #T1D #BeyondType1 #Type1 #Type1Diabetes #Diabetes #DailyDTalk #LivingWithDiabetes #EndT1D #T1DVoice #IamT1D #TypeHappy #WeAreNotWaiting #causes #change #activism #charity #DoGood #philanthropy #awareness #advocacy #nonprofit #ChangingDiabetes #inspiration #attitude #smile #hero #healthy #brave #type1warriors #livebeyond
As some of you may be aware I'm a type 1 diabetic and I've just had my HbA1c test done and I'm over the moon with my result of 7.2%!! For all you type 1 diabetics out there you must know the feeling of relief when you get a good result. I work super hard every single day to try and make sure I look after myself the best that I possibly can but still have a normal life! 💙💙💙 #type1 #diabetes