How Nick helped me
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in August 1995, just before my second birthday. 13 years later, I'm still going strong.
I heard about Nick and his diabetes just over a year ago, and his story was so moving for me and made me realise that I wasn't alone in what I had.
I was bullied in school, because people thought I was different. Nobody would sit by me at lunch because they thought diabetes was something you could catch. Luckily I now have some amazing friends who support me and understand my disease.
Sure, I've had the days when my diabetes has made me angry or upset. I came home crying some days because i wanted to be like every other kid who could just open their lunchbox at school, and eat straight away. I always used to want to be 'normal' but now I realize, I AM normal. I remember coming home and watching Nick's videos about his diabetes and thinking, if he's not going to give up, then I wont either. Now I'm more than proud to tell people that I have diabetes, when I have someone so amazing to look up to!
For the past few years, diabetes has never taken over my life.
- I ran 5k for Cancer Research UK
- I took part in a 24 mile Duke of Edinburgh expedition
- I ran for my school
- I dance every week for 2 hours.
Most importantly, I had Nick there every step of the way to help me.
I was lucky enough to get to see them on their world tour in 2009. During his speech in 'A Little Bit Longer' I was so proud of him and myself! Every time i feel down, I think about that night and I imagine him telling me 'don't ever let it slow you down' and it makes me smile.
I just want to let everyone know, that you should never give up. Even if you don't have Diabetes, if you want to do something, do it! Don't let anything slow you down.
We have to fight this and we are fighting it. Lets hope for a 2010 cure.