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the Adults' Clinic we speak every six

months, but I can reach out to my

lovely DSN whenever needed. My

HbA1c has always been relatively

steady and we are all more than

happy with the results. When I was

diagnosed, my DSN said: 'you control

it, it doesn't control you". This has

stayed with me ever since and has

shaped my mind-set when it comes

to my diabetes: it doesn't stop me

doing anything - my diabetes just

comes with me."

Mitchell attends the Stephanie

Marks Diabetes Resource Centre at

to ask for advice and for us to share

our experiences. I can have a laugh

with them too, and know they are

laughing with me - at things like

knocking a sensor off when walking

through a doorway. In fact, it's

because of these people that I now

have a Libre as I saw them wearing

their sensors so confidently. I was

quite happy with my finger-pricking

routine and never wanted anything

'attached' to me, yet here I am now

with a FreeStyle Libre on my arm and

I love it!"

In 2020, Mitchell started to work

for NHS 111 in order to help out in the

pandemic, saying that she wanted

to 'give back' and 'help folk out'. "It's

different to anything else I've done

before," she says, "We had training

to triage callers, which means we

needed to know about not only the

symptoms of Covid-19 but of other

medical situations such as stroke,

heart attack and even hypos - that

was an odd session. The trainer was

very good, allowing me to comment

on the training as - unfortunately - I

had first-hand experience."

Mitchell is still using NovoRapid

for her short-acting/bolus insulin.

After using Lantus and then Levemir

for several years, she recently started

using Tresiba for my long-acting/

I was keen to keep

it really upbeat

and positive, as

I'm a glass half full

kind of person,

so we made sure

everyone was

learning, but

having fun and

a laugh at the

same time.

St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey. She

went from the children's clinic direct

to the Young Adults clinic in order

to stay with the same consultant.

"In paediatrics, my experience had

been really positive, but I didn't

really bond with the consultant in

the Young Adults clinic, so I asked

to to be moved up to the adult clinic

in order to stay with a consultant

that knew me better. She is kind and

understanding and recognises that

we are all human, so I really look

forward to attending clinic."

Another change has been the

matter of carb-counting. As she

says, "When I was diagnosed in

2007, there had been no mention of

carb counting. However, I attended

a DAFNE course in 2015, as I was

keen to learn how I could gain better

control. It was a brilliant course and

I really enjoyed meeting other people

with Type 1 diabetes."

Since then, times have changed.

"In the last year, since I turned

26," says Mitchell, "I have entered

a new chapter in my diabetes life.

I discovered the online diabetes

community - it was the first time

I felt totally understood. Although

I have always done what I needed

to do in regards to managing my

diabetes, I hadn't considered how

isolated I felt. I think that humour is

the best therapy; it has been amazing

to share experiences and laugh with

fellow Type 1 diabetics.'

Helping out

As with many of her generation,

Mitchell is very aware of, and a

user of, social media, but even she

says, "I have my own personal social

media accounts, but they are private

and so I had been a bit worried

about starting a diabetes-focused

account. However, I decided to go

for it and started an account called

@TheGuiltyDiabetic on Instagram

during the lockdown last summer.

As a result, I've met so many

incredible people who have T1D, as

well as parents of children with the

condition. It's wonderful to be able

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