My Diabetes Inklings

My Time in the Sunshine

Once I thought I was just the average kid
A low maintenance child any parent would want
I walked the straight and narrow and never got into trouble
Those were the good old days – my time in the sunshine

Over time, the moon waxed and waned
Nothing changed but the number of candles on my cake
I was at the peak of my adolescent years
Those days I cherished – my time in the sunshine

Suddenly, like the crashing tide on beachfront shores
My life was turned inside out in a few short weeks
I denied the notion of having diabetes, no matter the type
The world I knew seemed to vanish – my time in the sunshine

Awash in a flood of emotions
Blinded by the void I had let myself fallen into
Am I alone in this vast sea of guilt and pain
I’m tired of wallowing under the rain clouds – this is my time in the sunshine

Slowly, with persistence like weeds emerging through pavement cracks
Refusing to be governed by established stigma and traditions
Refusing to let others like me suffer the same fate
I’m taking a stand against discrimination – this is my time in the sunshine

Striving towards picturesque scenes of lushness and brilliance
Pushing through glass ceilings to raise awareness
My passion in fighting for equal access for everyone with diabetes
You can’t stop me – this is my time in the sunshine

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My Diabetes Inklings

Together, we can make a difference!

A few weeks ago, I was honoured to be given the opportunity to speak about the Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) program and what it means to me. Planning this speech was tough. Where do I even begin? There are so many things I wanted to share and some feelings just cannot be put down in words. Being part of the YLD is like having a family who are equally as passionate and supportive about improving our lives with diabetes. At the same time, I wanted to stress the importance of YLD and that together we can make a difference. It doesn’t matter who you are, we need your support to make changes happen. And to put that all down to 3 minutes? Good luck! Here’s a summary of what I said: Continue reading “Together, we can make a difference!”

My Diabetes Inklings

My Diabetes July – National Diabetes Strategy Launch

This year has been an exciting year diabetes wise and the month of July was an immensely busy time for me. I hope to be able to reassemble the events I have attended and been a part of! First up, the National Diabetes Strategy Launch. Continue reading “My Diabetes July – National Diabetes Strategy Launch”