People like me
Your diabetes stories
When you have diabetes, it can feel like no-one really understands. But, as corny as it might sound, you're not alone.
This section is full of young people who, just like you, have their own unique diabetes story.
Diabetes – day to day
It might be how they dealt with diagnosis and daily life with the condition. Some have tips on how to deal with the people around you who maybe don't understand what you're going through.
Don't let diabetes get in the way
Some have inspirational stories of how diabetes hasn't stopped them becoming exactly what they want to be – including pop stars, actors and sportspeople.
What they all share is that they know what it's like to have diabetes at your age. We'd welcome your comments on their stories – and we'd love to hear your diabetes story too.
You can see plenty of examples below and we also have a Stories in brief page with even more.
Diabetes hasn't stopped my me riding my horse!
Ten years down the track – struggling, but pushing through.
Despite the exhaustion, I managed to finish the race...
Diagnosed at 11 months old – thanks to my Aunt's blood glucose meter!
I've had the best support ever – my identical twin sister!
Emma C's story
I made a list of all the pros and cons of being diabetic. It really helped!
Emma C's story
Friday the thirteenth - unlucky for some!
I was so tired, I thought I had mild narcolepsy!
There was a lot to learn – but college helped.
Secretly I loved knowing I was unique and could handle these incidents myself.
Sophie was diagnosed with diabetes at 23 months.
Charlotte's written a great poem, all about her diabetes!
It all started on a coach trip to London...
I thought I had a stomach infection, but I was wrong.
Rebecca, 12, is part of the dance crew Masters of Motion.
13-year-old Diana recalls how she was admitted to hospital with DKA on a trip to France.
"My mouth was so dry, I could barely move my tongue!"
"I got the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime to Madagascar, but if I kept messing around with my diabetes I wouldn't be able to go."
"After I was doing so well, why did I end up here? I nearly gave up on my diabetes after that. My parents tried to help but I knew it was up to me."
"A few years ago I had a bad hypo and went unconscious and got sent to hospital. I was in a coma for a few days."
"I feel that I can't live with diabetes anymore. I feel no one understands and no one cares - like everyone's against me - but they're not, they only nag because they care and they want me to live a happy normal life."
"I have always loved playing sport, but recently, after a long selection process and a lot of intense training and assessment, I was chosen in the England under 16 hockey squad."
"I think there are always struggles when it comes to managing diabetes, but it's how you cope with and overcome those difficulties which matter."
"I remember trying to run and my legs felt like lead, it just made me feel like crying - I didn't know what was happening to me. I love sports and to not be able to run was heart breaking."