Ashley Ng, Australia

When I was told that I had type 2 diabetes, I was in total shock and denial. I was only 19 and thought that diabetes only happened to older adults. Initially I wanted to hide my diagnosis from my family and friends. As I came to terms with the knowledge that I would have to be on medication for the rest of my life, I decided that I had to at least tell my family.

Being diagnosed with diabetes was a difficult adjustment both physically and mentally, but I credit it for helping me live healthier. It was helpful that my family have been very supportive throughout my journey. Together, we started eating healthier and being more active, which has also benefited their lives. Finding like-minded peers in the diabetes community and passionate and caring healthcare professionals has also been crucial to my diabetes care.