Being part of a support group
I’ve also started an online course in sign language. I’m part of the Diabetes UK Flintshire group and when I was attending a wellness event last year, I was approached by a carer of someone with type 1 who was also deaf. He wanted to know if anyone was able to sign at these events. It got me thinking about making my group as accessible as possible for people. It’s something new to learn and keeps my mind busy. I can’t physically do a course at the college at the moment, so this is the next best thing. I can do an hour or so every other day and tick off sections that I’ve covered. I think it’s important to do something realistic and achievable, too.
My advice to anyone struggling would be to have a look on the Diabetes UK website and find your local support group. What’s really good about my Flintshire group is that everyone knows me and what I’ve been through – I don’t have to explain anything.
I need to keep a positive head on, because the way I see it, everything could get you down. But after all I have been through, I know I can get through this and be stronger for it.