Diabetes doesn’t get in Tiffany’s way

Tiffany Newman (Cloverdale)
Tiffany Newman (Cloverdale)

The 23-year-old is the youngest bank manager in WA, working at Westpac in Kardinya, and said despite her ‘pin cushion moments,’ she did not let her diabetes hold her back.

Ms Newman was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a four-year-old and her first memories were learning to give herself insulin injections before her fifth birthday.

‘Mum said it nearly broke her heart to see me have to do that,’ she said.

‘I had to be very time conscious and aware if I was running around in the yard that my sugar levels didn’t drop.’

Type 1 diabetics require daily insulin injections because the cells that make insulin have been destroyed by the immune system.

Ms Newman said although her diabetes did influence some of her decisions, it had never stopped her from living a full life and young people going through their diagnosis should know ‘it will be okay’.

‘The big thing is don’t be afraid to ask for help, it’s a really big rotten time to adjust to but it will be okay,’ she said. ‘Talking to people and sharing in those networks really helps removes the isolation of diabetes.’

National Diabetes Week is from July 14 to 20.