Ioan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he had just turned two. Back then there was no pumps or glucose monitors and it was a tough disease to cope with. Having no idea of what type 1 diabetes entails to have the doctor apologise to you at the hospital because your son was extremely ill was horrendous. To watch them try and get blood from your baby, whilst his veins were collapsing due to dehydration was awful.
It still is a very difficult disease to manage and anything can affect his blood glucose throughout the day: stress, not enough sleep, too much sleep, what he ate yesterday, the amount of exercise. It's never-ending.
He has always managed his injections and medication like a star but I do believe it's had a toll on his mental health.
His diagnosis has meant that he isn't like other 17 year olds. He's very conscientious and sensitive and can at times suffer with depression. The "why me?" is often uttered. He rarely goes anywhere, apart from school and loves being cuddled up in his bedroom.
His passion has always been planes and space. Obviously with his diagnosis he can never be a pilot but we try and teach him to reach for the stars.