Sunday, 20 May 2012

Young Leaders Assemble

Over the past few weeks many of us would have seen a team come together…. Combining strength power and knowledge with one target in their sight.

 
Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited the Avengers, a team of super humans, to destroy Loki and his army by any means possible.

Yesterday a new army was formed to unite against diabetes. An army of passionate, experienced, brave and determined people with type 1 diabetes, who will stand and fight for the cause….for our cause. The Young Leaders were there to assemble and I can tell you now….we did just that!

Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawk Eye – names that you will recognise mostly because of their individual powers. We have seen the impact that they had when finally coming together, however as a team they struggled to bond. As Bruce Banner said; “We’re not a team, we’re a ticking time bomb.”

The Young Leaders however ARE a team. We bonded, we shared, we connected, we understood and we listened. The war on diabetes will now face a new team of Avengers, a 20 strong group with amazing skills, working together as one.

The Young Leaders who I met yesterday are all incredible people, with inspiring motivation through their own experience of living with type 1 diabetes. Amongst the group we had a marketing manager, a training optometrist, fundraisers, nurses, college students wanting to study medicine, graduates and support workers….to name but a few.

The mission that has been given to us is to design and shape a service giving young adults with type 1 diabetes a consistent voice. We are going to connect with and support people living with diabetes in ways which we know will work.

We will combine our experience and skills to work with Diabetes UK and health care professionals, creating a force to be reckoned with.

Ideas have been formed, we have a structure - a sturdy one, we have plans and we have the tools to implement them. We have nothing to lose but everything to gain from this, and I know that we will achieve great things. We have all looked up to heroes in the past, those brave relentless and courageous idols who let nothing get in their way. This is how I see the Young Leaders….they’re my heroes and I am honoured to be a part of their team. 

Ninjabetic







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