A diabetic teenager met The Duchess of Cornwall and a British Hollywood actor to share her story of balancing the condition with school and exams.
Sophie Abergil, 16, of Mill Hill, told The Duchess and War Horse star Jeremy Irvine how she was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was just four-years-old.
At the time, she was lethargic, constantly thirsty, and urinating more than usual – all symptoms of the condition.
Speaking at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust yesterday, Sophie said: “My diagnosis previously meant I needed several insulin injections every day. That was very difficult, especially as I was a small child.
"Thankfully I was then given an insulin pump. This makes it easier to get on with life.”
The Duchess is the president of JDRF, the type one diabetes charity, which Sophie supports, and Jeremy also suffers with the condition.
Sophie showed them her special JDRF secondary school pack which helps children with type one diabetes to manage their condition in the classroom.
Sophie, who attends Yavneh College in Borehamwood, achieved high grades in her GCSEs despite missing a lot of school due to her diabetes, and is currently studying for her AS levels.