Diabetes UK and me
Diabetes UK has always supported new technologies to support the condition, along with bringing everyone together. There is space to learn from others and share experiences. Always providing advice and using their funding to allow living with the condition to not only be more manageable, but more enjoyable.
I ran my first 10k in 2014 for Cystic Fibrosis, as my niece Millie suffers from the condition. I had never raised awareness around my own diabetes before, as I was a little too shy to openly discuss in the past. When I decided to race the Chicago Marathon in 2018, I thought it was about time I did something for Diabetes UK.
And when I did the Prudential Ride 100 for the charity last year, I wanted to show that you don’t just need to get around the course if you have diabetes, you can do it competitively.
I love exercising and racing not only to connect with others, but to challenge myself on what I can achieve. Going for a run, or a cycle always puts a smile on my face. Time to myself to help me feel more alive. You want to be fit and look a certain way but when you have diabetes management on top of that, you can feel you can’t perform or do that. But I’ve never let it stop me.
I like competition and working towards something I have never done which is why I’m training for the Half Ironman’s and now the Diabetes UK cycle wide event. The one coast to coast route I would love to achieve for that would be LEJOG – a team challenge of 980 miles.
Sport has its challenges with type 1 diabetes but it has always proven to me that I can achieve crazy goals such as racing marathons, 100 mile bike rides and triathlons.