What do you see when you look at this photo? Do you see happiness? Do you see diabetes or deafness? 👫
You can't see invisible illnesses/disabilities, they're not like having a cast on your leg or walking with crutches. All disabilities & chronic illnesses have their own challenges, all as hard as each other in different ways.
@MathewLCarter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 13, I lost 70% of hearing in my right ear in March paired with tinnitus without any warning signs or any explanation. Both of us have adapted our lives for our own things but also for each other's. I have done my research on Type 1 & always ask Mat questions to learn more which means I can help more. I know when he's low, I can tell when he's high. Whenever we're out my handbag is always filled with what I call his 'life' (insulin, BM machine, lucozade tablets) Mat walks on my left side so I can hear him (I put him on my deaf side if I don't want to hear him!) He has to repeat things a million times until I've heard him but has all the patience in the 🌎
I want this to be a little reminder that everyone has their own stories, their own things & not everything is visible. If you know anyone who is going through something similar, a partner, a family member, talk about it with them. Do your research, learn about whatever it is they have, get involved but also appreciate you can't always help. I may be bias but I honestly think Mat is an absolute superhero, such an inspiration not just to me or any other type 1's but everyone.
Tag anyone you know with chronic illness, disabilities, conditions & show them your support below 💛
We're always here for you, it can be really scary when you feel alone but I promise you, you're never the only one going through whatever it is x