JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charityStoriesT1D does look like me, kind of…but I’m also so much more.

T1D does look like me, kind of…but I’m also so much more.

Author: Lydia Parkhurst's story | Posted: 27 November 2015

Around World Diabetes Day earlier in the month many in the so-called diabetes online community were posting updated versions of their Facebook and Twitter profile photos with the phrase ‘T1D look like me.’  In this blog post I’m going to show you that, while T1D does look like me, there is more that defines me me than my condition.

T1D looks like…

The badyes, there is the bad:

But it also looks like this–the amazing support:

The pet lover:

The expectation passer: 

The family girl:

The art lover:

The adventurer:

The charity ambassador:

The student and wine drinker (…and the bit too much wine drinker!):

Type 1 diabetes does look like me… kind of… but it doesn’t explain the person behind the diabetes. There’s so much more to me than my condition! It has to live with me –  but I’m not going to let it define me. Overall, although type 1 diabetes may influence my life, it does so 95% of the time in a positive way. It allows me to raise awareness, have amazing opportunities and meet fantastic people! Without my type 1 diabetes (as weird as this is going to sound) I think I would be quite a boring person! It makes me more grateful for everyday life; it has enabled me to meet some of my best friends who without T1D I would never have known. I love JDRF’s ‘T1D looks like me’ but I don’t want to be defined as my condition.

First and foremost I am me.

You can read more from Lydia on her blog or follow her on Twitter: @LydiaSara19