"I was seven when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I'm now 27 and attended a DAFNE course three years ago.
I went into the course slightly concerned it was just going to be a week of carbohydrate counting. But it was much more than that.
At clinic you only really have 20 minutes checking the basics. On the course we were able to look at the break down of test results in much more detail. It is a chance to ask questions and get answers.
Meeting other people with diabetes was a real strong point of DAFNE. Before the course I put a lot of pressure on myself and felt overwhelmed at times so it was actually quite nice to see other people didn't have perfect numbers. Being able to talk to other people who had the same sort of fears made me feel a lot more able to confront them.
What I found the course really good for was that dedicated time to reflect on what is actually going on and getting to know my diabetes again. I left feeling more in control of my own life.
I would encourage everyone to give it a go even if they're sceptical. It has really changed my life."