I have had Type 1 diabetes since 2013 at the age of 33.
When first diagnosed it was a long road to acceptance. After many years of battling high and low blood sugars, carb counting, insulin injections and depression I decided to take action.
I finally found something that helps me stay focused on managing my diabetes and challenging my mind, body and spirit, The Molokai to O’ahu World Paddle boarding championships in Hawaii. This 54Km paddle is known as "The channel of bones” due its formidable conditions and savage swells.
This year I am taking on the challenge with my close mate Jason Taylor to complete this epic race for the second time, demonstrating Type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to control your life.
Whilst paddling helps control my diabetes in the short term, it still baffles me that six Australians every day receive the life-changing news that they have type 1 diabetes, most of them children.
This is why I want to dedicate my crossing to all those out there with Type 1 diabetes and ask you to join me in raising funds to help Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation find a cure.
JDRF focuses on accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 Diabetes and its complications.
The more people that know the greater the impact, so please help me by spreading the word and sharing my page with your friends and family. Let’s turn Type 1 diabetes into type none.
Note: All funds raised on this page will go directly to JDRF.