These are the diabetes stories of people from all walks of life, who were happy to share their experiences. Each one is there to inspire, to highlight different aspects of living with diabetes, or simply to show that - whatever your situation - you're not alone.
Do you have a story to help or encourage others? Whatever your story and experience, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please send us some details about yourself and your story by completing our online form. Or you can call the Media Press team at Diabetes UK on 020 7424 1000.
Liam Buxton was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over 11 years ago. He is a third year student studying Contemporary Lens Media. For one of his third year projects he put together a small film about diabetes.
Liam's film, Diabetes and What it Means to Me, tells his story of his experience of living with diabetes.
'I am proof that there is light at the end of one very dark tunnel.'
'I've realised now that I don't live with diabetes, it lives with me.'
'If my experience has taught me one thing it is to always take control of my own health.'
When Emma found out she was pregnant, the last thing she was expecting were twins and then Type 1 diabetes.
'I have found it impossible to receive a regular podiatry check. Because I’m blind, I can’t clip my toenails so it is essential I see a podiatrist on a regular basis.'
I found out I was pregnant in 1997 and 30 weeks into my pregnancy, I developed gestational diabetes.
"You don’t have to be Mo Farah to enjoy running. Go at your own pace and enjoy the freedom it gives you."
'I am raising awareness of diabetes and training for the Marathon Des Sables'
'A year later, I have been able to maintain my weight loss.'
A young fundraiser has raised almost £100 for Diabetes UK as a thank you for the charity’s support since her diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes six years ago.
No doubt there will be bigger challenges yet to face, but the original fear diminishes every day.'
'I now realise healthy eating has to be a way of life and not just a ‘whim’.
I hope it helps just one person to read my story.
Read Terry's poem about living with Type 2 diabetes
"Following my brother's death, his friends and I decided to do something to raise money and awareness for diabetes. TheThree Peaks challenge was the obvious choice."
Fiona King was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 19, and went on to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer. Poor blood glucose control led to her developing a number of complications, including nerve damage and kidney problems.
Fiona’s film, My Point of View, tells the story of her experience of diabetes.
'Now I reach for healthy foods instead of junk.'
'I make myself cakes with half amount, or no sugar at all to what the recipe says.'
'We need to understand that we are all unique and each one responds differently to disease and medication.'
'Training is going well, but it is certainly taking over my life.'
'I've always put life first and diabetes second in whatever I've done in life. Now I've found a new perspective and a better balance.'
'No amount of sessions with my hospital diabetes team could have given me the support and valuable lessons I learnt from this weekend away'
'Diabetes in a two-year-old is much more challenging than it had been for me, but there was more to come!'
"I decided that I had to completely change my lifestyle for the better."