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Amy Green, type 1 diabetes, US (03:29)
26-year-old Amy has always been able to rely upon support from her family. It was this support that kept her going during the weeks of hospitalisation when, at the age of 14, she was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Her parents visited her every day and her sister flew in from New York to be with her. So Amy immediately appreciated how important a strong support network is, and was determined to do all she could to make sure she could rely upon the support she needed.
Amy has chosen to tell everybody around her, that she has diabetes, concluding that if she has a seizure and needs help, it is important that people know what her health status is, and are able to recognise the signs of hypoglycaemia.
It has been a revelation to Amy how involved her friends are, and the extent to which they are aware of the role they can play in helping her leading the life she wants. When doing sports, her blood sugar can drop and affect her without her realising it, because she is focussed on the excitement of the game. “Especially when I am playing volleyball, I tend to feel I am in the game, I am in the zone, and my partner and team mate will come over and say ‘Amy, you are starting to look pale, you are not focusing on the ball. Are you OK, do you need to get sugar?’”
Amy has a degree in science and history, works in marketing and dreams of having the same warm family as the one she grew up in. Amy’s role model is not someone introduced to her in a professional capacity or at college, it’s her recently deceased grandmother.
When she was in her eighties she still travelled the world and nothing held her back. Amy loves to travel and wants to be able to do the same as her grandmother – riding camels and going to Antarctica.
“You don’t have to change your whole life, you don’t have to stay inside all day and read books and be attached to your glucometer. I think that is why people feel depressed and that’s when people start to shut down and feel overwhelmed by diabetes, because they are letting it control their life rather then them controlling the diabetes.”
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