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How Type 1 Diabetes has Helped me to Love my Curves Again

TW: This article contains discussion of disordered eating and internalised fatphobia perpetuated by society.


Type 1 diabetes is a deeply misunderstood disease. It’s discussed purely in medical terms, with perfect formulae given to emulate the results a working pancreas would give, but discussing the impact it has on body image is taboo.   

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As a Type One Diabetic, I Struggled with Whether I Was “Disabled Enough”

My relationship with disability is complicated. Type one diabetes is an invisible illness, but most days, I don’t consider myself to be “ill.” I’m incredibly privileged in that the NHS allows me free access to insulin, the Omnipod Dash insulin pump and the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system. I live a relatively “normal” life, and as a result, I haven’t always felt comfortable using the label “disabled”: but was this the product of societal perceptions of disability?

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Why COVID has left me feeling betrayed

‘My body is betraying me’

This was the thought that flitted across my mind the first day the post-Covid fatigue took me down. It wasn’t, and still isn’t, actually betraying me, but I was upset and felt helpless and needed to be melodramatic for a moment.