T1D & FOOD
November 18, 2014
For me, World Diabetes Day (WDD) is bittersweet. The whole day is an emotional roller
coaster, as the 14th of November also happens to be the date I was diagnosed with type 1,
11 years ago. I am not too big on anniversaries and I don’t even remember my personal
relationship anniversary but the 14th of November will never be forgotten.
WDD for me can be an empowering day as not only do I feel and see the support from
those who surround me everyday I feel it from many others. The strength that I gain from
that one day alone motivates me for the coming year to try and not only work on my
management but to become a stronger person and to keep going. I truly believe that the
most difficult parts of living with type 1 are the lack of awareness, emotional sides and the
On the 14th of November every year I receive the encouragement and love that I need to
inspire and motivate me to be the best person I can be in this world.
WDD is a reminder for all diabetics that we aren’t alone and there are so many wonderful
organisations and communities aiming to support and cure type 1. As a diabetic I don’t
always believe in that ‘cure’ but we are definitely getting closer to further changing the life
of a T1d and their management.
WDD is also about awareness but I want to make it about saying thank you for the support
that my family and friends give me everyday as well.
Everyone in my life that I have crossed paths with has influenced and made me the person I
am. Because of the relationships I have in my life I am not ashamed of screaming to the
world that I have type 1.
I am proud to be able to represent a cause so close to my heart and provide it that voice.
So to my parents, sisters, boyfriend, friends, colleagues and friends of friends THANK YOU SO MUCH!
To all you diabetics out their say thank you because they have shared the journey with you
and without those around us it would be harder.
Plus, don’t forget your diagnosis anniversary!
Celebrate how far you have come and how strong you are!