World Diabetes Day is 14 November, with that in mind we have chosen Henry Slade as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Henry is a professional rugby player who signed his first professional contract with Exeter Chiefs at the age of 18, the same year in which he also developed type 1 diabetes.
He has adapted to life with diabetes but admitted there was a moment he thought his career may have come to a premature end. He could not understand how he could continue to play and have diabetes.
Fortunately he was told his rugby career would not be jeopardised, providing he was able to control his diabetes. He quickly educated himself on what management routines worked for training and matches, what worked best for himself and took advice from fellow rugby professional Chris Pennell who is also diabetic.
Henry has not let his diabetes hinder any of his ambitions. He was called into the England squad in 2014 and is currently part of the England Squad at the World Cup in Japan.
When asked if diabetes has changed him, he answered: “I wouldn’t say it’s changed my life. The way I look at it is you can’t change what’s happened to you. I’ve got diabetes and it’s something I just have to live with.