Sunday 14 November is World Diabetes Day, and this year marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin in 1921. Just one century ago, being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was more or less a death sentence, whereas today the disease is a manageable condition that you live with. There are roughly 15,000 to 20,000 people in New Zealand living with type 1 diabetes (including my younger son!) but unless they told you about their condition, you might never know...
Diabetes is just one example of a hidden disability. An estimated 10% of the population have a medical condition which could be considered a hidden disability, and many chronic medical conditions are invisible.
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