Dent well placed for Run role

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

DI­A­BETES WA an­nounced this week Mag­gie Dent, au­thor and ad­vo­cate, as its Run for a Rea­son Am­bas­sador for 2016.

Ms Dent’s long-time pas­sion­ate sup­port of good pub­lic health poli­cies was re­in­forced when her son Al was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes at age 17.

Now 30, Al took the di­ag­no­sis “in his stride” but needed plenty of sup­port to ad­just to life with di­a­betes.

“The week of Al’s di­ag­no­sis is etched in my mind so deeply,” Ms Dent said.

“Al was re­cov­er­ing from a knee op­er­a­tion, so I was car­ing for him and he was dis­ap­pear­ing in front of my eyes. He was drop­ping weight ev­ery minute, it seemed.

“The mo­ment of di­ag­no­sis was big. The doc­tor said ‘Al, we be­lieve you have sud­den-on­set, ado­les­cent type 1 di­a­betes’. Al asked, ‘So how do we fix this?’ When the doc­tor told us it was a life-long con­di­tion re­quir­ing reg­u­lar in­sulin in­jec­tions, our jour­ney with type 1 di­a­betes be­gan.”

Ms Dent will be sup­port­ing her son, and all young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies who live with type 1 di­a­betes, by tak­ing on the 4km walk on May 22.

“We all need to ask peo­ple with di­a­betes ‘how can we sup­port you’ and help re­duce the stress that man­ag­ing an ill­ness can bring. I am tak­ing part in the Run for a Rea­son be­cause I want to see as much sup­port as pos­si­ble go to Di­a­betes WA so they can keep sup­port­ing those liv­ing with, af­fected by or at risk of di­a­betes,” she said.

Ms Dent kicked off the fundrais­ing ef­forts by do­nat­ing $1000 on be­half of Al. Visit https://hbfrun 2016.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/ mag­gie-dent.

Mag­gie Dent.

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