Piper is up to the Type 1 chal­lenge

Di­a­betes af­fects ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery day

Central and North Burnett Times - - DIABETES AWARENESS -

BRAV­ERY is some­thing Piper East­cott learned when she was only four-years-old af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with Type 1 di­a­betes.

The Mun­du­berra school­girl is now nine and liv­ing with di­a­betes has af­fected ev­ery minute of ev­ery day in those five years.

She has to test her blood glu­cose lev­els six to eight times a day.

Be­fore each meal, be­fore she plays sport, Piper tests as part of a rou­tine that few other kids her age would un­der­stand.

But, for­tu­nately for Piper, her school­friends are as knowl­edge­able about the dis­ease as many adults would be.

“They have grown up with it. They are very alert to her needs and tell the teacher when she’s not act­ing nor­mally,” Piper’s mum Shan­non said.

Piper uses a spe­cial in­sulin pump, which costs $8000.

She counts how many car­bo­hy­drates are in ev­ery meal and en­ters it into the pump, which cal­cu­lates the amount of in­sulin she re­quires.

It’s a con­di­tion that can never be taken lightly.

“With di­a­betes you can never take a hol­i­day, you can never for­get,” Shan­non said.

“I’m up at mid­night, at 2am ev­ery night test­ing her.”

Piper is part of the Bund­aberg Di­a­betes Sup­port Group, but be­cause it’s so far away her fam­ily is re­ally on their own.

For Piper, liv­ing with di­a­betes is just an­other part of her young life.

But her courage is an in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­one in the community.

“With di­a­betes you can never take a hol­i­day, you can never for­get”

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

APARTOF LIFE: Piper East­cott, fromMun­du­berra, lives with Type 1 di­a­betes.

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