WE ASKED A SELECTION OF PEOPLE

WE ASKED A SELECTION OF PEOPLE
COMING OUT OF A DIABETIC CLINIC

TO CONTINUE A MADE UP STORY
BASING EACH OF THEIR INPUTS

ON THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES
WITH DIABETES.

I remember there was
this kid called Jake

and he started losing loads of weight.

He completely lost his appetite.

He was always thirsty.
Always drinking water.

And his mum finally convinced him to go
to the doctors and get a blood test

and it turned out
he was Type 1 diabetic.

Jake has to learn to inject himself
with insulin before meals,

count his carbs and all that.

He learns to do it and everything

but for some reason develops a fear of
injecting in front of people in public.

Now that he's been diagnosed
with diabetes,

he's associated it with
kind of like a disability.

And so he doesn't want
to shoot up in public,

or in front of his friends
as well as strangers,

because they're going to label him
as disabled.

He went to work in Hong Kong
as a photographer

and when he got there he realised that
in public there were no restrooms.

In a lot of the restaurants
that he went to,

he found it difficult to inject
because there were no restrooms.

He didn't want anybody to know.
It was his dark secret.

It was as if he was ashamed of it.

He had to hide
but there was nowhere to hide.

But he did find somewhere eventually.

He took the insulin, he was about to inject
himself and then all of a sudden, flash!

And the last thing that he saw
was the outline of a woman.

The woman that took the picture,
she happened to be a diabetic herself

and she was going around all the world
getting a portfolio together

of pictures of diabetics
taking insulin themselves

in just a random natural situation.

She explained it all to him.
He was a bit, you know, at first,

but he understood everything
and they were really good friends after.

So we decided to go into a cafe
and grab a coffee.

Because I have sugar in my coffee,
I had to inject my insulin.

So she injected with me
in the public place in the cafe

so everyone was watching both of us,
not just me.

It did make me feel
a lot more comfortable

about injecting in front of people
and in public places.

And knowing that
there's people out there

that are not scared of injecting
in public places.

I WAS DIAGNOSED, BUT...
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