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Dancing keeps me healthy

Janice's Type 1 diagnosis led her to take up regular ballet classes. And she's been dancing ever since. 

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Janice at 16 years old 

I was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1961 at the age of 8 years. My mother sent me to ballet lessons "to keep the blood sugar down".

I became obsessed with it and auditioned for a professional school at the age of 15, was accepted and began a  full time course when I was 16 years old - eight years after diagnosis.

The next three years were one of discovery in terms of just how much 90 minute classes, all day, kept the blood sugar down.

I soon realiased I had to adjust my insulin drastically. 

In addition I new to living in London, on my own, so had to deal with all the changes in diabetes control.

At 19 I was accepted as a dancer with The Italian Operetta Company and spent the next two years living and working as a dancer, in Italy.

Even though I was offered a contract for a third year I decided I would return home. I married, taught dance, did some dance work with some well-known celebrities and then changed profession completely and worked in advertising for 10 years. I had my first child at 33 and my second at 35.

When both children began their secondary education I went to university and graduated at 51 years of age. 

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Dancing helps Janice manage her diabetes

I then took a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, at the Royal Academy of Dance in London with Qualified Teacher status and have since worked as a teacher.I retire in a years' time at the age of 64. I like to think that being a Type 1 diabetic has not stopped me doing what I wanted to in life and I always been healhty and never developed any complications.

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