“We all experienced the same difficulties, including not wanting to accept that our lives would be different from those of everyone around us; the constant judgment from doctors, friends, and strangers on our blood sugar results and what we were eating; and managing injections.”
Cartwright exited the meeting rejuvenated and started to explore peer support groups. She now feels more engaged and informed about her diabetes, which has enabled her to feel more confident, including during appointments with her doctor.
“Peer support allowed me to no longer fear failure but to take it as a learning experience; it is part of my journey. Peer support is as important to my health now as my medication, support from healthcare professionals, and jelly babies.”