"I was drinking, on average, 15 pints of water each day for a week or so and I couldn't put my finger on why. It was my girlfriend at the time that had noticed I'd lost a lot of weight in not much time, two stone to be exact, and I simply didn't notice, which was quite surprising given I didn't really have that weight to lose. My girlfriend's dog had recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and after talking to her mum about it realised I had all the same symptoms – after a quick look on the NHS website, I easily ticked all of the boxes for diabetes.
"I promptly made an appointment with the doctors, and then after a series of blood tests I was referred to the diabetic clinic at the hospital for it to be certified and for me to start use of synthetic insulin immediately. I became a type 1 diabetic at the age of 24 as a healthy and well-maintained individual. My glucose levels were off the chart at +35.00mmol (normal is between +4 and +6), and because I wasn't producing any insulin at all, my body had transitioned to 'eating' (burning the body fat) itself for energy rather than being able to break down the carbohydrate-induced sugar. I was shown how to inject and with what type of insulin (I have two) and when." – Adam Gorrill
"I was diagnosed in March 2007 aged 8. It was one of the most traumatic, frightening things that had happened to me and I honestly thought that I was going to die. And I know that sounds overdramatic! However, it all happened so fast – I was rushed straight to the hospital, where injections and cannulas were administered into me left, right, and centre. As I was diagnosed on a Friday, all of the diabetic team were leaving work for the weekend, leaving me in limbo, not knowing how unwell I was. For someone so young, it was a horrible experience." – Wendy Stafford
"It was 22 February 2012, so I would have been 12. The process was kind of strung out for a long time – my mum noticed something had changed just after Christmas. I went to the doctor and got sent away with antibiotics, it wasn't until I was getting pretty ill that I went back and got a diagnosis of type 1. It was pretty scary not knowing what was happening to me, why I was always thirsty, and why I was so much thinner." – Connor McHarg