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Tweet My name is Alyssa. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May 2013 (today is actually my  diaversary!) I treat my diabetes with a pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM). I went to several care events run by Diabetes UK for children with Type 1  a couple of years ago, and loved them.…

Tweet Marian Shaw started her career teaching biology in schools, before teaching education management to post-graduates in Oxford and in emerging countries. Marian has Type 1 diabetes. She is now retired and among several other voluntary roles, is a member of the Diabetes UK Grants Advisory Panel (GAP). Aren’t we lucky? Since insulin therapy started in the 1920s, generations…

Tweet When we’re young, we’re often warned about peer pressure and we’re urged to stay away from all that bad stuff like smoking behind the bike sheds and drinking White Lightning outside the local shops. What no-one really tells us is that actually peers can have a huge impact on our lives in an extremely…

Tweet Share One of the most comforting things about living with diabetes is that implicit belonging to a sort of secret society.  Whilst we don’t have anything cool like special handshakes, we do have a lot in common with each other in many respects.  Being on the receiving end of a knowing nod and smile…

TweetShare Before I’d gotten involved with any kind of voluntary work with the group, I was convinced that whilst some people must need support from these groups, I definitely wasn’t one of them.  I thought I knew more than enough about my diabetes to be able to control it adequately and that I had a…