Aim of Sugar-Coated

Friday the 13th January -ironic at best- the day that I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. One year ago. I was a shadow of myself being admitted into the intensive care unit. I was 45kgs (down from 60kg, a loss of 25%!), breathing heavily and rapidly, and my legs could barely hold my own weight, so much that mother had to aid me walking into the hospital. I felt weak, I had no energy and for the past few weeks had lost my usual joie de vivre. My keytone levels were at 6 (optimal levels between 0.2-0.6, anything above 3 is considered extremely dangerous). Blood sugars were at 25 (optimal levels between 4-8). All in all, I was in an extremely rough state, not made easier by a harrowing hospital experience which I will discuss another time!

A year later, I’ve travelled all around the world, from LA to New Zealand, I’m back playing sport, getting fit and generally I’m doing what I love, living life my way and not letting diabetes get in my way. All of which seemed impossible when I was lying in a near coma state in ICU.

ICU Day 3

The aim of this blog is to aid newly diagnosed type 1 patients with coping with an illness (a rather loose term, I prefer inconvenience), which is a 24/7 thing, it’s not just something you can forget about, it always needs to be monitored. I found it incredibly overwhelming at the beginning, I still do. Personally I found there to be little support available, with regards everything really; managing diet, exercise, going out, drinking, the list goes on. I want to be able to act as a positive support base, sharing my experiences, how I cope with it every day, how I deal with down days and how I incorporate everything a young person my age should be doing around diabetes.

There’s no point in sugar-coating it, diabetes is difficult, especially T1. Posts will be sporadic, but hopefully you will find them beneficial! Please feel free to email me (, tell your friends and also if there’s anything you want info on, let me know if I can help!



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