I was diagnosed with diabetes at 23 years old. I wasn’t a child any more. My student days were behind me. I had a mortgage and a real life grown up job. I was finally finding my place and working out who I was. Some days I can clearly remember a life without diabetes.

And other days I can’t.

It is really easy to feel like a number. To judge yourself or feel judged by others based on your hba1c or what you blood glucose is reading at any particular point in time. I think it is this that makes some people have an issue with being called a “diabetic”, preferring the term “person with diabetes”. It’s not something that I am bothered by personally, but I do understand why it riles up some members of the type 1 community.

When I was diagnosed I was adamant that diabetes wouldn’t stop me. 5 years on I have stayed fairly true to that. I exercise if I want to, I’ve had 2 pregnancies and am raising 2 children all with diabetes by my side. In our house things are run a little differently, but overall it is fairly successful.

It’s not without it’s challenges though, and it can be hard not to feel defined by your diabetes – especially when seeing medical professionals. I found pregnancy in particular quite hard as some HCP’s appeared to be simply going through the motions rather than remembering that there was a person in front of them, not just a bunch of data and statistics.

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To serve as a little reminder, Butler and Grace have sent me a beautiful affirmation bracelet. I chose to have “diagnosed but not defined” on mine, to remind me that I’m more than just my diabetes. I am a wife, mother, musician, engineer, friend AND diabetic. It is part of me, but not all of me.

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The bracelet can be personalised to have a phrase of your choice, 2 different text styles, 2 different colours of text, the choice of the text being on the outside or inside of the bangle and even the choice of hammered or smooth in style. I love the range of options as it means your bangle is truly unique to you and that no 2 will be the same.

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I have very small wrists so I was a little concerned that the one size fits all bangle wouldn’t actually fit me. I needn’t have worried as you simple tighten it to suit your own wrist, making it the perfect fit.

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Although I love my bangle, Butler & Grace actually specialise in medical alert and ID jewellery. They have a huge range of bracelets, necklaces and accessories that you can buy to suit your needs. I used to wear a medical alert bracelet daily and have fallen out of the habit recently. I do need to consider getting another one, as my old one has my maiden name on it, and I will definitely be looking at Butler & Grace when I do.


Butler & Grace are giving one of the OddHogg readers a £30 credit to the store to purchase an item of their choice. If you have a friend or child that requires a medical alert bracelet (or even just want one for yourself!) then enter using the widget below.

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Please note – I was sent an affirmation bracelet for the purposes of carrying out a review. All words and opinions are my own.

Defined By Diabetes? | If you are a person with type 1 diabetes it can be hard to make sure it doesn't rule your life. I use a positive affirmation bracelet as a daily reminder that I am more than just my diagnosis. I am not defined by a disease and it is not all of who I am www.oddhogg.com

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