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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Jade's story

Jade, age 13, talks to us about how it's sometimes really hard being a teenager with Type 1 diabetes, and why talking to others is so important. 

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Today didn't start great as I woke up 21.5, silly me forgot my insulin last night. Anyway as I got ready I remember it was my best friends birthday, so I called her and wished her happy birthday. This made me late!

 

This morning I had English, history, math and French so by the time I got to lunch I was tired. As I pricked my finger I thought about what life would be like without diabetes.

 

Alter I ate, I always go to the toilets to do my insulin but there was a massive queue, so I sat down with my friends again and did my insulin. This girl was staring at me and it made me really uncomfortable. 

I feel like since I was diagnosed in 2010 life has been a struggle. I am going to be honest - it's hard enough being a teenager, without having a life long condition! Some days you just want it all to be over. You have to be the strongest person you can. Some days I just feel like nobody understands, like I am the only one. Having doctors and nurses to help you is great but when you don't have anyone to talk to about your feelings it's hard.

But you're not alone. There are loads of teenagers in the same position as you. Don't be afraid to embrace diabetes because it's not going away, so you might as well change it into something positive!   

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