About Ruby

Ruby was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 14 years old. She refuses to let it define her and is determined to live a long and full life.

Meet Ruby

Kia ora I’m Ruby Tuesday McGill. Yip, that is actually my middle name. (For years I thought my birth father was one of the Rolling Stones, it turns out my parents were just big fans.) 

I’m based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. (Wellington, New Zealand). I am mum to two spirited tamariki (Miss 11 and Mr 5), run a plumbing business with my husband and am a learning designer, facilitator, and lifelong learner, passionate about helping others grow and succeed. Oh and for the past 24 years I’ve been living with Type 1 diabetes, diagnosed at 14. I’m determined to live a long, full and healthy life despite being dealt this hand.

I began sharing my T1D journey online through social media and my blog almost eight years ago after experiencing diabetes burnout. After 16 years living with type 1 the future felt bleak. Something had to change. I began using an insulin pump and went right back to basics, determined to soak up everything I could and finally master Type 1 diabetes. And I’m bloody doing it!

I am on a mission to merge my learning and development skills with everything I’ve learnt and discovered so far to help the T1 community (YOU) also master diabetes. (Check out a free taster of what’s to come in my Build a Growth Mindset to help you thrive with T1D course.)

I am a massive advocate for funded Continuous glucose monitors for all people living with Type 1 diabetes in NZ and jump at any opportunity to raise awareness and make some noise. It shouldn’t be a luxury to live well with diabetes in Aotearoa.

I refuse to be defined by my diagnosis, so you’ll often find me stepping out of my comfort zone and learning from every experience. The successes and the failures. Such as dragging my family along on epic walks, climbing mountains supporting the husband during the NZ 4×4 trials in remote parts of the country, learning Te Reo Māori – our language, or most recently working through my #40before40 list that encourages me to find joy everyday and have more fun.

What an absolute privilege it is to be alive.

My support crew