Piper is up to the Type 1 challenge
Diabetes affects every moment of every day
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”
APARTOF LIFE: Piper Eastcott, fromMunduberra, lives with Type 1 diabetes.