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Home > Knowledge & support > Resource hub > Diabetic Duo on breaking the stigma around type 1 diabetes
Beth: I was diagnosed two years ago at age 20. It was a huge shock to my family as we have no family history of type 1 diabetes but as I was displaying all the symptoms I went to the GP and was diagnosed just an hour later!
Ellen: I was diagnosed the week before my seventh birthday; what a lovely present! My mum who is a nurse noticed all of the four T symptoms and brought me to get checked at the hospital. It was difficult to process being so young.
Beth and Ellen: As type 1 diabetes needs to be constantly monitored it can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Sometimes we have days where we ask, ‘Why me?’ but it’s important to see the positives.
Beth and Ellen: We love our online community who are super supportive and interact with what we post. It’s so refreshing to create content that relates to other people with type 1 who feel the exact same way. We can share tips and tricks and be there to support each other
Beth and Ellen: We were overwhelmed with the response we got from our videos, others with type 1 were reaching out from across the globe to tell us their stories and share experiences. We have received a very positive response.
Beth and Ellen: We would recommend that you communicate with your lecturers and course director about your condition and let them know your needs. Also let your new friends know so they know how to help in times of hypos. Remember people want to help and they will be super curious and interested about type 1!
Beth and Ellen: Don’t beat yourself up if your sugars are a little more unstable during holidays. Time in range can’t always be perfect especially during holidays like Christmas where sweet treats are everywhere!
Beth and Ellen: We both wear the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitoring device to help manage our blood sugars. It has been a life changing piece of technology that has improved both our time in range as well as providing constant reassurance that we are in control of our levels.
Beth and Ellen: From experience when in a working environment we inform HR, our management and our team exactly what our condition is and how to help in emergencies. This has always led to positive conversations and our work colleagues have always understood if we need additional breaks to treat hypos.
Beth and Ellen: Spending hours on social media can really affect your mood. One of our new year’s resolutions is to reduce our screen time! We love to scroll through TikTok but you have to make time for other activities too like socialising with friends, university work and spending time outdoors! We are huge advocates of telling someone how you feel instead of bottling it up.
Beth and Ellen: We continue to say yes to the fantastic opportunities that come our way while we embark in our final year of university. We love working with incredible companies such as Dexcom, they have changed our lives! Our ultimate dream is to be the female Ant and Dec!
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