There's two types, I'm talking about type 1, the autoimmune condition.
There's nothing I did to get it, there's nothing I could have done to prevent it, and it's not contagious.
Prior to that I was giving myself insulin injections, which averaged about four injections a day.
Although people often used to stare when I injected myself, it never really bothered me – you just get used to it and stop noticing after a while." – Amy Black "Type 1 even influences the way that I dress, because my outfits either need to have pockets to hold my insulin pump.
Or they need to have a strong waistband to attach/ hold my pump, so slinky dresses can often be out of the question.
Type 1 diabetes is when the body doesn't produce any insulin, while type 2 diabetes is when the body doesn't make enough insulin or the insulin it does make doesn't work properly.
It's a lot more than just taking a couple of insulin injections though – there's a lot more to it." – Connor Mc Harg "One of my major frustrations is that people tend not to view diabetes as a 'serious' illness and will go as far to say that it's self-inflicted due to certain lifestyle choices.
Take me for example, though: I was a perfectly healthy and active 11-year-old child when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, with no family history of the condition, so when I see images of sweets and fast food aligned with stories about diabetes in the media, it really bothers me."People really need to be educated more on the facts surrounding diabetes to realise the seriousness of it and wake up to the fact that people die from the illness, including the young and physically active." – Amy Black "As I live on my own, I have to wear a panic alarm at night in case I ever suffer severe night-time hypoglycaemia (which is rare).
He doesn't miss doctors appointments, he knows how to take a BG reading and give injections, and he is excellent in carb counting.
It is one of the many ways he expresses his love for me. T1 has become something we share the burden of, and it has made us closer.