‘A life with diabetes’
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