Living with diabetes
My name is Melanie Stephenson, I’m 22 and have been living with type 1 diabetes for 9 years. I was first diagnosed with the disease just after my 13th birthday and went straight onto 2 injections a day. Since then diabetes treatment has progressed as have my requirements in how I needed to treat the condition. As a result of which I am now an insulin pump user (it’s pink), and have been for the last year.
Diabetes is only a small part of my day to day life, I am also an international athlete- training 6days a week. And I have just finished a degree in fashion design with my specialist area being sports performance wear. Within my forthcomin blogs I will be talking about what it is like to try and participate in sport with diabetes, how I have over-come the difficulties that I’ve faced so far and how I plan to over-come those in the future. There may even be some fashion tips thrown in for those of you who have difficuting concealing your pump (because sometimes you don’t want to be asked hundreds of questions about it when people see it)!
I’ll be happy to answer any questions along the way about anything mentioned and would be pleased to hear any thoughts or opinions about my blog too!