Wednesday, 20 April 2016

#Iwishpeopleknewthatdiabetes - type1

My A Level art mood board about Type 1. Including pictures of only diabetic friends, old omnipod insulin pods and my favourite inspirational quotes

Once upon a time a 12 year old girl was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Nearly 7 years on there is a few things I wish people knew...


  • Is 24/7 - there are no days off (not even Christmas!)
  • T1D affects around 400,000 people in the UK
  • Is a roller coaster of emotions and blood sugar readings
  • but somehow we keep positive - most of the time!
  • as no two days are the same and it can be frustrating
  • no we didn't get it from eating too much sugar
  • there are two main types of diabetes
  • is nothing to do with lack of exercise
  • …or poor diet
  • and does not always come from elderly people
  • and diabetics don't want to hear how a distant relative have their foot chopped off
  • we have to carry around life saving equipment every every da

  • is not a death sentence if managed
  • but it nearly killed my best friend so it is very downplayed in seriousness 
  • and sometimes there is no explanation why
  • it is emotionally hard to deal with
  • and there is no such thing as a perfect diabetic
  • it causes 40% of diabetics to have an eating disorder
  • and burnout is common - it needs to be talked about
  • and its OK to ask for help
  • even though we aren't alone sometimes we feel it
  • if we have a low blood sugar it is not because we did something wrong and we DO have to have sugar to bring our bloods back up
  • it is not cured by cinnamon or other herbal diets - not even by a low carb diet
  • it makes any common illness you get ten times worse
  • but makes us 10 times stronger
  • has given me the best friends 
  • has allowed me to be part of an amazing community
  • … who feel like my family - some of whom i haven't even met yet

  • if seen in a positive light has allows you to conquer and do some amazing things
  • but has led to struggles during exams and stressful times
  • but at the same time we forget everyone struggles 
  • its a hard job - theres no sugar coating it
  • and we SHOULD NOT be defined by our Hba1c
  • it affects the whole family not just the sufferer
  • and although we may not always say it were so thankful

  • my insulin pump doesn't magically ‘do’ my diabetes for me - its not a pancreas!
  • and some devices we have to pay for… 
  • we have to calculate all carbs in our head
  • … but we don't get a maths degree (boo)
  • we can eat ANYTHING (in proportion obvs) as long as we inject for it
  • diabetes doesn't stop me from doing anything… i just need to be more prepared (good job i used to be a girlguide and scout!)
  • and it DEFINITELY does not define me
  • but to those who feel defined by it at the moment - one of my nurses called Sarah from my old team in Doncaster once told me ‘Life always has its ups and downs. Sometimes it feels like your entering a black tunnel with no light is sight - but you will come out the other side’ - that stuck with me and I hope it will stick we you too - keep going x


#Iwishpeopleknewthatdiabetes - makes me part superhuman (well thats what I used to tell the Beaver Scouts anyway ;) 

Lots of love The Backpacker and the Pod xxx


  1. Thanks for participating in the 2nd annual #IwishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes Day - I really appreciate it!
    Can you please add the following link backs listed in this post - makes it easier for me to keep track and list all the blog about written about today! :)

  2. I have just read this whole list I think you have done an amazing job dealing with diabetes with the (slightly) older technology and need to know how you get on with life like that because my life really sucks(mainly) due to diabetes.

  3. It's always great hearing the success stories of other fellow Type 1 Diabetics managing the disease successfully. I've been a T1D for 2.5 years and I have been able to avoid medication but eating a strict plant based diet. Check out my blog if you get a chance...

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