Work today involved celebrating 45 Victorians who have lived with diabetes for 50 or more years. There are no words to say how humbled and inspired I am by this group.
The keynote at this year’s Awards was presented by one of my favourite diabetes people, Cheryl Steele who I (and many others) most fondly refer to as ‘Aunty Cheryl’.
The Kellion awards celebrate not only the person living with diabetes, but also their support network – something Cheryl pointed to in her keynote address.
I have attended about 15 of these ceremonies. They never get old or stale. Today was an absolute career highlight for me; emceeing the awards was an honour and privilege.
The stories I read out today fill me up with hope and I am inspired to keep going.
There were many quote-worthy moments from today’s ceremony, but my favourite came from 50 year recipient, Vikki Donovan who gave the following advice:
‘Don’t let diabetes impede on who you are and what you can be. Life is for living, diabetes is for managing.’
I’m a long way off getting my Kellion medal. But I will get there one day.