My name is Tanya and I’m a Type 1 Diabetic.
Having been diagnosed almost 11 years ago, you could say I don’t look like others who have a chronic illness, although the life of a Type 1 Diabetic can be just as difficult, and goes largely unnoticed.
Living with Type 1 diabetes comes with so many unique challenges, both physical and emotional. From daily injections, pumping and constant carb counting, to extreme hypos or hypers, my biggest battle is a silent one; The anxieties, the fear, the constant fight of trying to manage an illness that you actually might never have complete control over - the emotional side.
Conquering these challenges hasn't been easy and I don't think it ever will be, although, I am proud of who I am and where I have come.
I have a Bachelor degree in Communications and am currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. After having a so-called ‘dream job’ working in the magazine advertising industry, I chose to pursue a career in an industry close to my heart. Currently I’m working with a non-for-profit company aiming to make a change to those living with type 1.
Nothing is more inspiring to me than the feeling of being able to support others whose journeys I can relate to and understand.
After living with my ‘silent’ illness for 11 years, I have found that strength comes from what you learn during personal experiences.
That’s my voice.
It’s time to reconnect those suffering with Type 1 Diabetes with their strength and educate those around me, whether Type 1 Diabetes affects someone in their life or not.
That’s my motivation.
I'm Melissa - the proud sister of a Type 1 Diabetic.
My younger sister, Tanya, has lived with her Type 1 Diabetes for over 11 years now and no one in this world is more inspiring, brave and courageous as she is. I have seen her ‘ups’ and her ‘downs’, yet her spirit is never broken.
She is a person who never shows or tells of her struggle, never complains about the tough times, doesn’t let her situation stop her from being who she is and she refuses to let something uncontrollable, control her life. I don’t think non-sufferers truly understand just how much of a daily struggle T1D is and can be, yet her strength is incredible.
Me, I work as a Graphic Designer and I’m so excited to bring this project to you, with my sisters. I love my sport, my gals, I love traveling and exploring new adventures and always try to find the positive in every situation. I recently got married to one extraordinary fella, Joe, and am fortunate that he is an incredibly supportive, encouraging, respectful and caring person!
As someone who doesn’t have T1D, I know how hard it is feeling helpless, not knowing the best things to say and constantly wanting to do more to take her struggles away. I don’t get things right all the time but what I have learnt is, it’s not always about getting something right, it’s about doing the best you can.
The best I can do is support her and that’s why we’re so excited about our little project!
I may not understand everything she goes through but I will always be by her side – a sister is a best friend forever!!
I'm Emily - the youngest sister of a Type 1 Diabetic.
Type 1 Diabetes affects over 122,300 people in Australia alone. My sister is one of those.
I’m the lucky last sister of the three, and as all little sisters do, I always look up to my “big” sisters. No matter what’s going on or who’s walking in and out of your life – I always know I have them.
That’s why I can’t wait to support them on this blog journey.
When Tanya was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it came as a huge shock and it was the beginning of all our research into what it is, the management and how many people out there are in the same situation.
I work as an Occupational Therapist in hospitals where there are many people with multiple conditions. I hear the words “Type 1 Diabetes” atlease once a day. It wasn't until my sister educated me on Type 1 Diabetes that I could discuss it with my own clients, give them the support they needed and lead them to the right people and direction in life.
That is why this project is amazing – it will inspire you, educate you and motivate you to make a difference in someone’s life no matter if it's your sister, friend or client.
I give a lot of credit to Tanya, for her attitude, strength and motivation to teach others.