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

Team Novo Nordisk – Changing Diabetes

Team Novo Nordisk is a global sports team consisting of cyclists, triathletes and runners. Their mission is to inspire, educate and empower people living with diabetes. And who better to do so then a sporting team made up of athletes living with type 1 diabetes themselves?

At the forefront of Team Novo Nordisk is the men’s professional cycling team. Initially named Team Type 1, the team consists of 17 professional riders with type 1 diabetes from 10 different countries. As they kick start their second racing season with the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, I was fortunate enough to steal a few moments with our Aussie riders Chris Williams from Brisbane and Justin Morris from Sydney.

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My Diabetes Inklings

Young Leaders in Diabetes

Being part of the Young Leaders in Diabetes program (YLD) with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an honour. I don’t think I have fully appreciated this opportunity until training began. This year, 147 young leaders arrived in Melbourne

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