Lydia talks about her life with Type 1 Diabetes

5th August 2009. A day to remember. The date that changed your life.
5th August 2009. A day to remember. The date that changed your life……. it has changed my life in two
different ways – the good and the bad, but the good outweighs the bad! It is unpredictable and hard to
control with each factor in each day providing a different blood sugar level – no day is the same! It has
impacted my life in a very positive way though allowing me to meet many amazing people all over the
world with Type 1 Diabetes and help raise awareness.
You hate being called .
You hate being called diabetic…. I have Type 1 Diabetes but it does not have me. The way I manage
my diabetes is reflected by my determination and drive as a person to do everything to the best of my
ability.
Because I have Diabetes I can.
Because I have Diabetes I can ……..be part robot with my insulin pump and Freestyle Libre
The Backpacker and The Pod. Share your inspiration behind this blog.
The Backpacker and The Pod. Share your inspiration behind this blog. My blog started when I went
travelling with my friends around Europe. It gives advice about travel, how I don’t let diabetes stop me
living my life but at the same time I share the hard times that come from having diabetes too.
I Wish People Knew This’ about Type 1 Diabetes.
I Wish People Knew This’ about Type 1 Diabetes…..It is 24/7 there are no breaks and no two days are
the same. Its a roller coaster of emotions and blood sugar levels. It is more than just a finger prick test
and an injection so never underestimate the power of a Type 1 Diabetic..
Your body send signals of being too low on Blood Glucose. How to be in tune with your diabetes and
prevent hypoglycemia?
Your body send signals of being too low on Blood Glucose. Are you in tune with feeling your hypo’s
and how do your treat it?…. Yes I’m very lucky to feel most of my low blood sugars! When I’m low i feel
very shaky and irritable, however when I’m really low I start to loose my hearing which can be very
scary! When I’m low i treat my hypos with Lucozade and Dextro tablets – my favourite are the
blackcurrant.
Being young, Having diabetes. Is it rough?
Being young, Having diabetes. Is it rough? It can be hard because you always have to be prepared and
sensible in case of your bloods going too high and too low, however it has never stopped me doing
anything. I go to university where I live in uni accommodation, I travel to different countries without my
family and I go on nights out with my friends.
Travelling with diabetes. Love to hear your insight.
Travelling with diabetes. Love to hear your insight.
Travelling with diabetes is not hard you just have to make sure you take double the supplies you would
normally use in case of emergencies! A top tip is also to take a letter for the airports explaining your
supplies to make your journey smoother.Also make sure you take hypo treatment that isn’t a liquid such
as Jelly babies and some extra carbs!
Five things you cannot do because you have diabetes.
Five things you cannot do because you have diabetes. The only thing I can think of is not being
allowed in the Army but that doesn’t bother me because this isn’t something I intended to do! So
diabetes hasn’t stopped me doing anything! In fact it has allowed me to do more things than I would
have without diabetes such as being on the radio, meeting Ed Miliband, lobbying in Parliament and
writing a blog!
You will not leave the house without these.
You will not leave the house without these…… My phone, wallet, keys, Freestyle Libre, Omnipod
handset, spare omnipod, spare insulin and dextro tablets.

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