‘A life with di­a­betes’

Diabetic Living - - Your Thoughts -

We re­cently re­ceived a let­ter from Joan with a copy of her eight-yearold grand daugh­ter’s win­ning school speech. Caitlin, di­ag­nosed a year ago, ex­plained what it’s like liv­ing with type 1. Here is an ex­cerpt:

“Oh! How I wish there was a way that I could have no di­a­betes, just one day, it would be a mir­a­cle.

“Hav­ing di­a­betes means I have to test my blood glu­cose with a fin­ger prick and a per­fect num­ber would be between four and eight. If I am un­der four, I am low, and need lol­lies. This is when my sis­ters com­plain about not get­ting lol­lies! Ev­ery day I do seven or more fin­ger pricks so I have to take my test kit ev­ery­where I go. I wish I could glue it to my body so I don’t for­get to take it.

“Can peo­ple with di­a­betes type 1 live healthy lives? We def­i­nitely can, if we look af­ter our­selves.

“For in­stance, I am pretty ac­tive and it doesn’t stop me do­ing things. I just need to re­mem­ber to take my pump off when run­ning, swim­ming or play­ing sport.

“Hav­ing di­a­betes is not all that bad, as I have been cho­sen to be a ball girl at a Stags Rugby game in Oc­to­ber, and when I am older there could be a chance of go­ing on trips with other di­a­betic kids. Hav­ing type 1 di­a­betes for life is not great, the only ex­cit­ing part is hav­ing lol­lies!”

Caitlin, New Zealand

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