Diabetes no obstacle

Tiffany Newman, WA’s youngest bank manager, has not let diabetes hinder her career.
Tiffany Newman, WA’s youngest bank manager, has not let diabetes hinder her career.

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.

Miss Newman was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was only four and her first memories are of learning to give herself insulin injections before her fifth birthday.

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

Miss 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 OK’.

‘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 OK,’ she said.

National Diabetes Week is from July 14 to 20.