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This is Diabetes - Everyone's story is different

Everyone's diabetes story is different.

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This is the moment my life changed

A diabetes diagnosis can be life-changing. We explore the impact of finding out you have diabetes - from the initial shock to dealing with your emotions and everything in between.

This is never being held back

Diabetes doesn't stop you from living your life to the full. Whether that's pursuing your career or your favourite hobbies, or enjoying time with friends and family, diabetes shouldn't hold you back.

This is dealing with opinions

So often we hear misconceptions about diabetes. It's a hidden condition that many people don't understand. Talking more about diabetes can help others to see what you're going through.

"Telling my children about my diagnosis was probably the hardest time for me, particularly as I'd lost my eyesight." Gina

During our campaign, you’ll hear from KaajalLizJon, GinaSnita, Libby's parents Jayne and Mike and our video producer Matt, as they talk about what life with diabetes is like for them. Gina, a community nurse, had gestational diabetes in her pregnancies and later developed type 2 diabetes. She feels having the condition herself makes her more sympathetic with patients with diabetes.

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Kaajal's story

Kaajal was made to feel different as a child for managing her type 1 diabetes. But diabetes has never kept her from her dream of becoming a designer, helping others with type 1 or enjoying life to the full.
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Liz's story

Liz, 47, from Berkshire, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2009. She went on to develop type 2 diabetes. Now, she is a competitive powerlifter and no longer has to take medication to manage her blood sugars.
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Jon's story

Jon is a PE teacher. He talks about his diagnosis and life with diabetes and being part of the Diabetes Football Community.
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Gina's story

Gina developed sight loss after she was diagnosed with type 2 and worried about how she would continue working as a community nurse or enjoying being at the stables with her horses. But with treatment, she is visiting patients and riding her horses.
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Libby's story

Jayne and Mike’s daughter Libby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in December 2019. Her mum gave birth to her little sister Lottie six weeks later. Jayne and Mike tell their story.
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