TREND-UK was invited along to diabetes reception at Downing Street hosted by Theresa May.
Along with NHS staff, diabetes charity workers from across the UK and children and adults with diabetes, TREND-UK’s core committee of three co-chairs Debbie Hicks, Jill Hill and June James were invited along.
The Prime Minister has type 1 diabetes and wears a small sensor to measure and monitor her glucose levels. She spoke about living with diabetes and encouraged the young people there not to let diabetes ‘get in the way’ of achieving their goals. She also heard from guests about their pioneering work in this field – including from those who were developing new apps to help people monitor their condition.
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I will never forget the shock I felt when I was told I was diabetic. I imagine it must be the same for many people. It was not something I ever expected. And to be honest, I didn’t know you could get type 1 diabetes at my age.
“But I will be forever grateful to all those who taught me how to manage my condition – and reduce the impact it has on my life.The one thing I told myself when I found out – was that I was not going to let diabetes stop me from getting on with my life, and getting on with my job.
“But it is only thanks to the advice and support I received that I have been able to keep that promise to myself – the help of my GP, the consultants – but also most memorably the clinical nurse specialists from my local hospital.”
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