Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of six, Sandi McKechnie wants others to know that it doesn't have to stop you from living a fulfilling life, as long as it's controlled.
Her story was broadcast on STV Glasgow’s Riverside Show on Friday 6th June.
The 24-year-old from Glasgow is urging other young people with the condition to manage it carefully to avoid future complications.
‘When I was in my teenage years, the control of my diabetes was passed over to me, to take injections and to do my carbohydrate count myself.
‘But I wanted to go out and do the normal things teenagers do.
'However, I have seen what the condition can do to people and that was a scare factor for me.’
Iain Bone, who has had Type 2 diabetes for 22 years, shares his story in the TV piece to highlight some of the possible risks.
‘I was diagnosed when I was 27,’ Iain explains.
‘I started to let things slip and became a little lax about the whole thing and ran into problems.
‘I had blood vessels growing in my eyes that really shouldn’t be there. I had an infection in my fifth toe and had to have it removed. I was admitted to hospital with chronic kidney failure.
‘Looking back now, I would change a lot of things because of what I’ve had to go through.
‘My advice to anyone who has been diagnosed with type one or type two adult onset diabetes is to take it very seriously.’
To encourage young people to take control of their diabetes, Sandi and her team have launched a website to help them get the support and information they need.
Take a look at the group's website by clicking the image below.
Speaking about life with diabetes, Sandi adds: ‘It’s always in the back of my mind, but that’s because I know that I need to manage it effectively.
‘If I do this, it doesn’t stop me from leading a normal life. You always need to be one step ahead of the game.’
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Click here to see how the group officially launched their website in Glasgow.