DRWF Events: Missing all the classic symptoms of having type 1 diabetes
Talking to others
Crucially, you will know you are not alone. Talking to others who share what we have gone through and are going through is the best tonic. I am very liberal with my hugs and will happily hug and chat for as long as someone will reciprocate. At lots of events I get talking to families to find out that they have not spoken to anyone in the same position as them previously. Once you get involved with the type 1 diabetes community you will find that although obviously it is not a “club” that you ever wanted to be in – but as you have to be part of it you will see that it is an amazing group of supportive and welcoming people.
I did not want to end without going on to say how AJ is doing now, as I started with the horrors of diagnosis. AJ is now 31 years old. He has been through university and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music management and studio production. I’m not going to lie, I cried my eyes out when he went to university (and full disclosure – so did his father!), just at the thought of him leaving home!
However, he house-shared with amazing friends, they fully supported him and fully embraced his type 1 diabetes, so AJ had a fantastic time at university. He now works in house and garden maintenance (manual work carries challenges with blood glucose levels, but again he is really supported at work). He likes to travel and he loves snowboarding.
So please, if you take anything from this, please use my “knowledge is power” mantra, learn as much as you can about your condition and try and go to some events.
DRWF is one of the amazing charities we support. They offer events all over the country, we attend as many of these as we can, the staff are just so lovely and welcoming, and if you do attend, please come and say hi. Hugs are optional!
Funky Pumpers will be among the exhibitors attending the DRWF United Through Diabetes wellness day on Saturday, 16th September.
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Article originally published in the Summer 2023 edition of Diabetes Wellness News. For more information and to subscribe visit here
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