Why volunteering for Diabetes UK is so important
I've done a lot of diabetes social outreach work in Africa.
"It's a huge thing for me, because growing up I didn't know anyone else with type 1 diabetes. We had very little information and no internet in the eighties and nineties. I don't want another generation of young people with diabetes to feel as though their life has ended."
You can get medication and the meal plan from different members of your healthcare team, but it's the mental and the emotional feelings that you struggle to handle. I want the next generation to know that it's okay and you can live a full life. If you're newly diagnosed, some healthcare professionals can scare you so much. If your sugars go high for a short time, it doesn't mean that you're going to have a leg amputated. And you can take action, or get support from your healthcare team to help bring the levels down.
I started doing my YouTube channel and my Instagram page about two or three years ago. I did a lot of diabetes community days in Africa because they didn't have any information there. I wanted to share information and experiences with people. That's my duty right now. After 30 years, I feel like I’ve been to the University of Diabetes! I want to share that because I don't want people to feel alone or unwelcome the way I did when I was growing up.
I'm a volunteer for Diabetes UK and training to be a Community Champion so I can speak out more about what Diabetes UK does, as well as my experiences. Putting all the work that I've done in the past, on my Instagram and YouTube, under the Diabetes UK umbrella, I think it just packs a punch so much better.