FOR some people, getting a tattoo that reminds them of their illness might be a source of sadness.
But for Wondunna's Zoe Woodgate, it is an inspiration.
Zoe, 18, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September 2012 after feeling unwell for about six months.
She said she did go through a period of adjusting to her diagnosis, wondering why it had happened to her.
"But I snapped out of it quite quickly," Zoe said.
Before heading off to schoolies last year, she decided to get the tattoo on her forearm with the words type 1 diabetic.
She said medical bracelets and necklaces could break or get lost and it was a way to alert people to her condition if anything happened to her.
But since Zoe returned from a fun, drama-free schoolies experience, the tattoo has come to mean more to her than a way of alerting other people in case of an emergency.
She said having the tattoo also reminded her to take care of herself and to check her blood sugar levels.
"It gives me a bit of incentive when I look at it," Zoe said.
Her parents do not have tattoos and were a bit dubious about their daughter getting one.
"They're pretty against tattoos," she said.
But when Zoe explained why she wanted it done, she said her family couldn't have been more supportive.