Never say no – By Lucy Thomas


Some people like having something ‘wrong’ with them, it gives them ammunition to get out of a situation which arises that they wish not to be a part of. Which is great, if you want to spend your life making excuses and backing out the minute things get tricky. Go ahead and watch other people make the most of their lives from the sidelines. I’d much rather be on the pitch (I hate football… I never thought I’d end up using a related analogy!)

In all honesty I think they only time the words ‘I can’t because I’m a diabetic’ have fallen out of my mouth are when I’m approached to give blood. Which  I would love to but for medical reasons it’s a massive no-no which I’ve come to accept.

Actaully….I lied…the other time I have used diabetes as an excuse is when someone has announced that they are buying a round of Jagerbombs AND EVERYONE HAS TO DO ONE! No way….Red Bull is the work of Satan (along with tuna and Justin Beiber, urgh!) and I shall not be drinking that! Thank you very much!

The point I am trying to make is that you should never use your diabetes as an excuse not to do something. Or, most importantly let someone else say you shouldn’t do something because you’re a diabetic.

My GP’s eyes, tongue and nostril hairs fell out when I announced I’d be working in China, for at least six months, and asked if they could they help me obtain enough of my prescription so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it while I was away. My GP then uttered a phrase which, to me, is like a red rag to a bull; ‘I strongly advise against this’.

My response? ‘Well I’m going, so you can either help me or I’ll find someone else that can’. I appreciate that he was concerned for my welfare, whilst Type 1 diabetes is present in China it’s not cared for in the same fantastic way as it is here in the UK, but I was determined to go, with the knowledge that if things got to hard I could come home.

I ended up spending 6 months in China, 3 months in Vietnam and then 2 in Australia. It was amazing and not once did I have any issues with my diabetes. (Actually I did have an issue when the security at Beijing airport took away ALL of my insulin which was a bit of a farce & also a story for another time).

Jaw dropping still happens when I see a new consultant and they ask me to explain the year gap in my records, they seem to think I’m being sarcastic when I say I was working in China and Vietnam. It shouldn’t be a big deal though, as far as I’m concerned there’s nothing wrong with me, just a few injections here and there and avoid doughnuts……what’s difficult about that?

Never say no and the opportunities that appear will be worth it, trust me!

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