“Today, in honour of World Diabetes Day, I am participating in #FacesOfDiabetes
the campaign that encourages diabetics worldwide to post a selfie and share their story of living with their illness. The theme for 2017 is Women and Diabetes – our right to a healthy future. Being a female that has suffered this illness for 22 years, this years campaign is one I am extremely passionate about!
A day in my life includes a minimum of 7 finger pricks and 6 injections but that’s only if all goes to plan. I dread the days of high or low blood sugar levels, being ill, stressed or hormonal. On those days you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. On those days you could be stabbing and pricking yourself 20-30 times in just 24 hours.
This is a months worth of my Diabetes prescription. Imagine what a whole year looks like! That’s at least 2,555 finger pricks and 2,190 injections… My body is the definition of a human pin cushion.
But how would you know all of this if I didn’t tell you? To you, I am a normal, smiling, healthy looking female that holds down a full-time job, goes to the gym and lives the lifestyle of most 25 year olds. It really is true, invisible illnesses are the absolute worst! But just because you cannot obviously see something it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
In the UK there are estimated to be 4 million people living with this wonderful illness that is Diabetes. That’s 6% of the country’s population. Yet there are still so many that are unaware and ignorant to what Diabetes is and how it is managed.
November is the month that we raise awareness worldwide and provide people who are suffering with the chance to share their story.
This isn’t an attempt at a sympathy vote it’s simply the truth. I don’t feel sorry for myself or expect you to. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 3 so for me, this is my life and I know nothing different, but for others it’s just not that easy.
To my fellow diabetics, I salute you! Stay strong and keep fighting 💪🏻👊🏻”