My story really begins when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune illness with no cure. At all times, I need to ensure my blood glucose levels are within a certain range. On either side of that range, there are both immediate and long-term complications on my body.
There are 42 factors that impact blood glucose – so it’s not as easy as ‘keeping it in the healthy range’. From carbohydrate counting, to insulin dose calculations (nope, it’s not a ‘take x twice a day’ scenario, but more of an algebraic equation), meticulous planning, and using wearable medical technology – life with type 1 diabetes can be overwhelming.
After completing my university degree in marketing and management, I worked as a Project Coordinator at the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre where my passion for community building and mindset was born. Dr Katherine was connected to this charity through a friend, as well as her PhD work which looked at wearable medical technology for people with type 1 diabetes.
Both Dr Katherine and I made a shared discovery from working with people with type 1 and from living with chronic illnesses: your physical body and medical management will never be optimal if your mindset is letting you down.
I will always remember the words my Dad said to me in my hospital bed: “Out of something not so good, will come something good. You can choose to drown, or you can choose to thrive.” My journey with type 1 has made me who I am today: confident, resilient and compassionate. It would be easy to let my diagnosis rule my life, but I’ve flipped the script and used it to empower myself and others.
I’m passionate about people ‘coming for the content, but staying for the community’. This is where the remarkable power of connection, sharing education and embracing your true self, truly shines.
And this is why I am so connected to the Dr Katherine brand. She believes in community, up-levelling your mindset and becoming the best version of yourself.