Megan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two and half years ago and is an Occupational Therapist for Sport for Confidence.

Megan said: “Physical activity has always been my release in life and I participate in activities for the majority of the week. I attend a circus class 3 times a week, where I practice skills, static trapeze, rope and aerial hoop. I also go to the gym and enjoy running on my days off.”

Having Type 1 Diabetes means her pancreas no longer produces insulin, so she has to inject herself to maintain her blood sugar levels. She has been participating in acrobatics for 5 years and explained: “It is part of my routine. Once I was diagnosed with Type 1 there was no way I was going to let it stop me from participating. I learnt to control my diabetes and to not let it interfere with my hobby. I am always looking to challenge myself and do something different. By participating in the exercise I am able to push my limits and achieve things that I never thought I was able to.”

Participating in physical activity has allowed Megan to become more confident in her body and her abilities. She has build upon a passion for sport and exercise which has flourished within her career. Working with Sport for Confidence, she helps provide inclusive sport for anybody facing a barrier to participate and engage in physical activity.

Megan said: “Sport and exercise allows me to maintain a balanced lifestyle and is an output for the stresses of daily life. Physical activity has and will always be an important part of my life.”

Inspired by Megan and want to join in some of the activities she attends? Click on the links below to find out more!

Some Circus classes in Essex – KL Aerial Fitness, South Essex Gym, Little Stars Circus, Flight Aerial

Find running routes in Essex

To find out more information about living with Diabetes, click here. To read more on how diabetes affects specific sports, click here.

For more information on Sport for Confidence and Megan’s career, please click here.