I’m Georgie, an Australian woman in her twenties, who loves the cold weather, is addicted to brunch, and has Type 1 diabetes.
My pancreas decided to become lazy in March 2010, and since then I’ve been doing its job! At first with multiple daily injections, and then with an Animas insulin pump in 2012. I started this blog to continue engaging with the DOC (diabetes online community) after discovering a whole support network on Twitter. Sometimes what I have to say can’t be said in 140 characters or less!
Diabetes has brought incredible people and experiences into my life, but there is more to me than a lazy pancreas.
I have a great family and absolutely amazing friends, who are incredibly supportive and love me for the dork that I am. I’m a huge nerd – I love a good debate about anything, love to learn, and have a genuine addiction to buying books (don’t ever try to make me leave a bookstore). I’m a high school French and English teacher, and I absolutely love my job – it’s different, challenging, and hilarious every single day. I like to advocate and work with diabetes organisations, and I volunteer on diabetes camps, which are basically the best thing ever – who knew you could be that exhausted but that happy at the same time?
I love being out with friends and eating amazing food, and living in Melbourne means you can do that a lot! Travelling is a huge passion – I’ve lived in New Zealand, France, Italy, and England, and backpacked around Europe like most 20 something Australians. Next aim is North and South America (after I learn some Spanish). I LOVE to write, and I weirdly adore public speaking. I’m also very stubborn, petrified of insects, addicted to trashy TV, and I honestly don’t realise how loud my voice is 99% of the time. If you hear someone squealing, bets are that it’s probably me. I also have a bit of a potty mouth – apologies in advance if you don’t like swearing, I am probably not for you!
I am so blessed, and my diabetes is just one aspect to a life that is pretty great!