Stigma can take many forms – from myths and misconceptions about diabetes to negative behaviour towards those living with the condition, and it can have a serious impact on people’s overall health and wellbeing.
Jim is 24 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. He talks candidly about some of his experiences growing up which left him feeling ‘different’ and shares how he’s slowly starting to redefine the condition to help him feel more empowered.
Nicki is 55 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes aged 46. She reveals the judgement she’s faced, including reactions from healthcare professionals, and tells us why others’ comments can be so hurtful.
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- How the FreeStyle Libre works
- Our guide to living with diabetes at university
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"When people are like, ‘oh that's the thing where you just can't, you know, you can't eat any sugar, right?’ Or, ‘oh that's just the thing where you, you get to eat loads of cake’, and I'm like, I don't want to obviously at all react to that because it's not meant to be harsh. It's not meant to be a prod, it is just misinformation.”
- Jim, who features in our episode about stigma.