He won the prize for traveling the farthest distance to 2018’s ONE Conference & Retreat (from Dubai!) and has been living with type 1 for over 20 years. Here’s how diabetes has impacted his life, and why he wants to give back to the diabetes community.
What is your connection to diabetes, and how did you first learn about TCOYD?
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1994, one week before starting University. I heard about TYOCD while I was in the USA in May 2018 and attended my first conference in August 2018.
What do you find most challenging about living with diabetes?
I am often too intense and ‘perfect’ in managing my approach.
What’s one positive thing that’s happened in your life because of diabetes?
I value every day.
How has TCOYD had an impact on your life?
I’ve met some amazing people who have been living with T1D for 20, 30, 40 years and manage to live full and healthy lifestyles.
If there was a cure for diabetes tomorrow, what would be the first thing you would eat?
Copious amounts of carbs!
What’s the best advice someone has given you about living with diabetes? Or, what advice would you offer someone newly diagnosed?
Stay focused and explore new technology.
What inspired your gift?
I really admire the fantastic work the charity does – in particular the support it gives people around new technology.