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I put a Band-Aid on and hoped for the best...

Albert Abdul- Rahman has had a lifetime of adapting to change which stands him in good stead to face one of the biggest challenges in his life: learning to walk again after his left foot was amputated just three weeks ago.

Aged 19, Albert left Papua New Guinea for Queensland where he joined the Australian army: "There was no way I was prepared for the culture shock, I thought I knew about life in Australia, but everything was different to what I was used to." Albert embraced life with the army and spent six years as an engineer, learning a great deal about his new country and remaining an important part of the Papua New Guinea community living in Townsville.

I'll be OK in the long run

From Kim Kardashian to Russell Crowe, masseur to the stars Philip Rule was comfortable dealing with the biggest names in sport and entertainment.

He was on top of the world work-wise and feeling healthy so a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes came out of the blue for 5th generation coalminer who, as well as being a massage whiz, has 30 years’ experience underground.

“I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005. I wasn’t particularly overweight and I didn’t think I was unhealthy so it was a bit of a surprise,” Philip said.

...but by that time, a lot of the damage was done

Truck driver Jake Williams from Flemington in Melbourne was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 11 years old. Once he and his family got over the initial shock of diagnosis, Jake got into a routine of dealing with his diabetes and throughout his teens gave as little thought as possible to managing his health.

Busy with work and the responsibilities of being a new dad, diabetes was definitely on the back burner during his twenties; “I really didn’t let my diabetes have much effect on my life. When you have a young family and you’re busy with work, it’s easy to miss appointments and ignore any little warning signs”

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