How it affected my mental health
Following my diagnosis, my mental health was all over the place. I’d received so many compliments on my weight loss, that when I started to put the weight back on I didn’t feel good about myself, so sometimes didn’t take my insulin in order to lose weight. At the same time I was feeling so much healthier than before – it was such a mix of emotions.
My diagnosis definitely left me with some trauma. I was at an age where I was starting to find myself, and it felt like diabetes took that version of me away. Now when I look back, I’m grateful that it gave me the space to carve out a new me – a stronger, more confident version with new friends, a great career, and a whole community around me.