X-Factor contestant Amelia Lily is calling for support to get her to the semi-final of the competition, and hopes to inspire other young people with Type 1 diabetes.
The 17-year-old singer, who was brought back into the primetime show last week, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of three, and injects insulin four times a day.
"Diabetes is no barrier"
Diabetes UK supporter Amelia said: "It’s really important to show other people with diabetes, particularly children, that it is possible to take on challenges in life the same way other people do. Having diabetes is no barrier to getting up on stage and performing in front of thousands of people and a television audience of millions.
"I just have to be careful with my blood glucose levels, as the pressure of a live show uses up a lot of energy. Diabetes is a serious condition, but it’s all about knowing my body and being on the ball if I’m about to experience a hypo so that I can take steps to avoid it.
"Until now not many people have known I have diabetes, but I think it’s important to get people talking about diabetes and for me to show other young people and children that you can still get out there and follow your dreams."
Looking for support
Amelia is looking for support for her performance on this Saturday’s ITV show at 8pm, after finding herself in the bottom two last weekend following the public vote. She was saved by the judges, and is now one of the final five to perform on Saturday night, when the X-Factor themes are musical icons and guilty pleasures.
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