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Introducing Cazzy

Written By:
Cazzy Magennis
Last Updated:
December 9, 2018
My name is Cazzy, an ambitious backpacker and one half of Dream Big Travel Far. I want to introduce myself before taking you on a journey of inspiration.
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So, why do I want to blog?

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Since I was a young girl, I have been saving to travel the world. It's all I ever wanted to do, I want to see everything, and believed there was no part of the world I shouldn't, and wouldn't explore. Then, in 2011, I was diagnosed with Type one Diabetes- which for those who aren't aware ; Type 1 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin.

There is no known cause, and no known cure- and sugar has nothing to do with any of it. Simply put (although not actually that simple) you keep yourself alive by counting carbs and giving insulin via injections or an insulin pump!

Elephant in Bangladesh
My stalker in Bangladesh August 2015

On diagnosis, I was told I wouldn't be able to achieve all the hopes and dreams I'd spent years pondering over. Instead I would reap the joys of lots of complications with my health, and a younger death than everyone else. Needles to say, I was pretty devastated. 

I was 16 and thought my world had come to a stop, and it didn't get easier. I struggled, and I still do, and some days I wanted to give up the carb counting, the worrying of  losing my eyesight or loosing my feet, or not being able to do all the things I want to, but then, I realised this was not the girl I knew.

I don't accept defeat, I don't give up on myself or my dreams, and I don't believe anything the doctors tell me without a second, third and fourth opinion! Something changed within me- I thought No, this isn't the life I will feel sentenced too, and as I grew older, I thought, this isn't the life others like me need to live too!

Villa Borghese Rome
Near the Villa Borghese in Rome December 2016

Medical professionals only know so much, 99% of them are not diabetic, so would not have a CLUE how it affects us mentally, physically and emotionally. We can achieve all our life ambitions and goals and I want to show you how!!

Dream Big travel far grew out of a need, a need to inspire, motivate, and reassure all my fellow diabetes (and non-diabetics) that life doesn't stop with diagnosis or struggles. I know first hand- it's not easy- I’m 23 with brittle diabetes- which makes my travel prep and adventures a tad more complicated than a healthy individual- such as my partner in crime Bradley, BUT I can and still will do all the things he can. 

I started travelling 3 months after my diagnosis and I've travelled to remote countries with very little Diabetes care such as Bangladesh, partied on the beaches of Thailand and ventured around Amsterdam, Berlin, Venice & Rome (to name a few). NOTHING stops me. So by creating a travel blog community, together we can fight the stigma, see the world and achieve our travel dreams!

Life isn’t measured in years, it's measured in what you do with those years!

Cazzy x

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