The theme for World Diabetes Day this year is Family. We know that diabetes doesn't just impact us as a person; our friends and loved ones play a big role in our lives. This year marks a special one for Fi as she acknowledges 30 years of living with type 1 diabetes. We're humbled to share a beautiful poem she's written for this occasion.
I am a proud mum, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and nurse.
I am privileged to be a midwife and welcome so many beautiful children into the world.
I’m blessed to have seen angels fly and families show strength they never knew they had in the midst of heartache.
I’m privileged to be a diabetes educator and walk alongside so many inspirational children, adolescents, adults and families on their type 1 journey.
I believe that diabetes is not a barrier to achieving your dreams.
I’m inspired by members of our tribe.
I believe in the magic of diabetes camps.
I know I’m not alone in this type 1 journey.
I now know it’s ok to say, “I’m NOT OK.”
I am inspired by my hypo helpers: Lukas, Markus, and Alexander.
I am grateful for the gift of motherhood.
I understand the impact of diabetes on the whole family.
I am thankful and have so much love for my amazing support crew led by my incredible husband Andrew, our beautiful son Alexander, and our family and friends.
This year I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 30 years.
I am brave.
I am resilient.
I am determined.
I am Fi and I’m proud to be me.