Aiming for the trip of a lifetime
I've been diabetic for 11 years now and I'm just turning 18. For the past eight years I've really struggled with managing my diabetes. I used my diabetes as a way of self-harming when things got really tough, especially when my parents split up and relatives died.
But recently I got the opportunity to go on a trip of a lifetime to Madagascar. Now, as my dream is to be a zoologist I jumped at the chance. To be able to go I had to pass a fitness test, and if I kept messing around with my diabetes and putting myself in hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis I wouldnt be able to go. So with determination and a major goal I am slowly getting my diabetes under control.
Your teenage years are always the hardest and due to hormones your diabetes will be difficult to control. But with the right support which is readily available you will be able to achieve anything you've ever dreamed of!
So keep at it and never give up! xx
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