Lucy Davis is an English actress and daughter of comedian Jasper Carrot.
Jasper Carrot is a famous stand-up comedian and star of hit comedies in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s (ask your folks). He’s still going strong and was recently the host of ITV quiz show Golden Balls.
What about Lucy?
Lucy is most famous for playing Dawn Tinsley in the British sitcom 'The Office' but she has also been in films. Lucy is now going down a storm in the USA - on American TV Lucy played a British comedy writer alongside Matthew Perry (Chandler from 'Friends') in 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'. And you might also have seen her in the hit show 'Ugly Betty' as an TV reporter.
What Lucy says
Lucy has written this message especially for you:
"When you are first diagnosed with diabetes it can seem overwhelming and frightening. It could seem easier to bury your head in the sand and hope it will go away.
"But I think the most important thing to remember is that you must be in control of your diabetes and not the other way around.
Don't let it define you
"I’ve known people who allow their difficulties in life to define them. They say 'Why me?'. But many people deal with difficult challenges every day, and we are lucky that we have medicines and technology now that others didn’t many years ago.
"One thing I found hard to get used to at first was always having to plan ahead – ‘Where was I going to be that day?’ ‘What food would be available?’ ‘Did I have all the insulin I needed?’ ‘Did I have spare glucose tablets with me?’ (one of the most important I think). But very soon this became second nature, like remembering to take my purse out with me or my keys.
Live your life
“Many things come along in everyone’s lives to test us. What makes us stand out from the crowd is how we deal with them. Diabetes can be as easy or as difficult as we make it.
“Be careful about your health and your medications. Don’t let yourself view it as a chore. Then go out and live your life, and grasp your dreams with both hands."