Superhero theme for diabetes camp
TWO children living with type 1 diabetes were given the chance to be superheroes at a Diabetes WA and Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) camp this month.
The superhero-themed camp enabled Andrew Horridge (11), from Stirling, and Medbh Flanagan (12) to meet 30 other children from around WA who also live with the autoimmune condition.
Andrew, who was diagnosed at age eight, said he enjoyed being at camp where everyone understood what he was going through.
“It’s been great to meet others with type 1 diabetes,” he said. “Most of the time people assume I ate too much sugar but I was born with it; these guys get it.”
Type 1 diabetes affects more than 11,000 West Australians who depend on daily insulin injections and numerous blood glucose checks to survive.
The children had to juggle an active schedule of sport and team-building games while treating their condition by checking their blood glucose levels, counting the carbohydrates in their meals and administering their insulin.