Diabetes UK launched a competition in the run-up to this year’s Diabetes Week to get people talking about diabetes - and three lucky winners have now been selected.
Young people with diabetes were asked to share their experiences of the condition, with the chance to win a Kodak Playsport Video Camera, kindly donated by Kodak Limited.
To tie in with the theme for this year’s Diabetes Week of encouraging people to talk about their diabetes, competition entrants were asked to complete the following sentence in under 100 words:
‘Talking about diabetes helps because…’
There was one winner from each of our My Life sites for young people: Kids, Teens and Young Adults. Here is what the winning entrants said:
Jamie Cale, 8, won the under-12s category. He said: “It helps my friends understand.”
Alana Ray, 14, won the prize in the teen category (12-17). She said: “By talking about my diabetes I am able to express my feelings and educate others about the condition. I find that by talking about it I don't feel that there is a problem or that I’m embarrassed because I know that I accept it.
"As long as people know the consequences of diabetes and how it works then it is possible to save lives, unfortunately many people are mistaken. I think that if people talk about diabetes they are mentally coping with it and learning to live with it. I know that it helped me.”
Natalie Bradley, 26, won the Young Adults category (18-30). She said: “You can share experiences with others and also help others to understand what to do in case you need help in an emergency.
"Plus many people have views on diabetes that are untrue and they often don’t understand the different types.”
Diabetes UK would like to say a big 'well done' to all of those who entered the competition.