"To be honest, I think one of the biggest struggles of having diabetes is coping with the social attitude towards it. People think you have to be fat or have to have eaten tons of sugar to be diabetic. They think that diabetes isn’t a major issue and that the more a diabetic talks about their condition; the more attention seeking they are. It’s not that. It’s not that at all. As well as having the physical burden, we also have to put up with the emotional burden. These people don’t visit the hospital every 3 months to have blood taken from them and check ups to ensure their health isn’t compromised in the slightest because if it is it will make a significant difference. They don’t live in constant fear, worrying about the future and whether or not they’ll have feeling in their feet, good organ function or impaired vision in 10 years time. It annoys and upsets me, it makes me feel like I can’t talk about it because I’m constantly victimized. None of us are asking for sympathy; we just want people to hear us and understand its importance, instead of disregarding a serious matter and classing it as attention seeking."