A west Dorset teenager is sharing her story of living with Type 1 diabetes.

Rosey, a 14 year old from Bridport who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just 17 months old, is sharing a blog about her experience of living with the condition.

In the blog, she details how she has to keep an eye on her blood sugar levels at all times as well as the campaigning and raising awareness that she has done.

Her mother Kirsty said: "I feel it is really important for young people with diabetes to meet other diabetics as they can relate to each other and understand that they are not dealing with it alone.

"Diabetes awareness is getting better, lots of people can distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes nowadays, whereas when Rosey was first diagnosed 13years ago there was a lot of confusion between the types and causes and I have even been asked if it is contagious or will she grow out of it.

"I admit pre diagnosis I myself did not know very much about diabetes other than what I knew from pupils at my secondary school with diabetes needing sugary snacks and injections.

"If I saw someone staggering along the street I would have assumed they were drunk, it never would have crossed my mind that they could be a diabetic having a hypo.

"Rosey has fallen over before and been laughed at by girls who obviously had no idea she was diabetic, adults have made comments or given disapproving looks if she needs to inject herself in a public place for instance.

"We need to continue to raise awareness to stop this ignorance and help people to understand what Diabetes entails.

"It can be really tough for youngsters as they just want to be like their friends and not have to constantly be monitoring their blood sugars / injecting, they want to be independent but it is hard as they know they need be really careful in order to have a healthy life and control it as best they can."

Read Rosey's blog at wessexsenate.nhs.uk/a-day-in-the-life-of-living-with-diabetes/