Young Leaders from Australia
My name is Rachel Lamb, I am a 22 year old Australian from Perth. I also have had Type 1 Diabetes for 4 years. I was diagnosed when I was 18 years old on Valentine's Day 2009. Having to spend it in hospital was one of the many things I had to come to terms with, pretty quickly! I was ill for about 8 months before anyone uncovered what was going on - family, friends, myself and medical professionals all missed every textbook warning sign (weight loss, frequent urination, increased hunger, increased thirst, fatigue, thrush, cramps, etc...). In the end it was my very worried best friend who googled my symptoms and told me to see a doctor sooner that I was planning to because my symptoms indicated I had diabetes. She was right, she hadn't even begun medical school yet but she was already saving lives!