A 14-year-old busker from Eastbourne has spoken about his type one diabetes to help raise awareness for a charity’s Care in Schools Helpline in time for Diabetes Week.
Often seen busking on the streets of his home town, guitarist and singer Archie Norris is currently sitting his GCSEs and told the Herald his story.
Archie said, “I was diagnosed with type one diabetes when I was 12.
“My world was suddenly turned upside down and it had changed forever. I can remember it vividly. It was January 5 2011 and I hadn’t been feeling great for a while.
“I had lost a lot of weight and had started to drink loads of water. All the classic symptoms.
“Very quickly I had to learn about blood testing, glucose levels, carb counting and so on. It was certainly scary and lots to take in. Life wasn’t looking good. However, slowly and with the help of family, friends, dedicated diabetic nurses, dieticians and many others, life started to resemble ‘normal’.
“GCSEs have been hard but I’m really proud of myself for managing my diabetes and not my diabetes managing me.
“I know several type one diabetics at school and we all help each other. My best friends are also really understanding and always look out for me.
“The school nurse is always at hand to help if needed and the teachers know when I need something to eat.
“I like to help others with diabetes and have helped several other young sufferers through my YouTube channel, which has been really rewarding.
“Life is still hard and sometimes not easy because of my diabetes but I certainly want to live life to the full and will continue to control my diabetes rather than let my diabetes control me.”
The charity, Diabetes UK has launched a helpline for parents.
The Care in School Helpline supports parents in making sure that their child is receiving the diabetes care they are entitled to at school.
Archie’s father Simon said, “The helpline sounds fantastic and I know will be really reassuring for many parents.
“Especially knowing what can be done to help, if you have a hypo in an exam.”
Call 0345 123 2399 or www.diabetes.org.uk/schools
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