Living with diabetes

THE diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 changed Brittney Mafi-Reale’s life.

Brittney Mafi-Reale, 18, has had type 1 diabetes since she was 11 years old. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Brittney Mafi-Reale, 18, has had type 1 diabetes since she was 11 years old. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

“I got really sick and the doctors kept saying it was just a tummy bug,” Ms Mafi-Reale said.

“I was losing weight and eventually I became so unwell that I almost went into a coma – I ended up in hospital and that’s when the doctors made the diagnosis of diabetes,” she said. 

“I was shocked – I was only an 11-year-old kid and I didn’t really understand much about the disease.

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