Hello everyone, my name is Ben, I’m 27 years old and I come from the Arctic paradise of Bermuda. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1998 when I was eleven years old, just a few weeks before I finished primary school. From the outset I was determined to take responsibility for the management of my diabetes, and while there has certainly been a learning curve (which continues to this day), whatever apprehensions I initially had soon gave way to curiosity. Living with diabetes has steered my scholastic interests towards medical science, and I have earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Physiology and Evolutionary Biology. Presently I have a job at an insurance company in Bermuda, but in October I will begin my studies towards an MSc in Epidemiology at Imperial College in London, a decision aided in no small part by my time spent at the YLD Conference in Melbourne.