Su­per­hero theme for di­a­betes camp

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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