Disease never goes away
CITY Beach resident Peter Kerr, the new chairman of the board of Diabetes Research WA, counts himself lucky he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 17 rather than as a young child.
Mr Kerr said the auto-immune condition posed a lifelong challenge to anyone who developed it.
“I was relatively lucky that I was older, being diagnosed just after my final school exams, and have had wonderful family support in being able to manage it without too much fuss,” he said.
“But it’s so much harder when it shows up in younger kids.”
In addition to chairing the board of Diabetes Research WA, a peak diabetes research funding group based at Royal Perth Hospital and focused on the search for a cure, Mr Kerr is a father of three and the chief financial officer at Mt Gibson Iron.
He injects insulin several times a day to manage his condition.
“Type 1 diabetes never goes away – you have to think about it 24/7 and the reality is that it can cause significant health complications both now and later in life, so constant management is critical,” he said.
“For parents of children with type 1 diabetes there are many concerns, because if blood glucose levels get too high or low it can be potentially life-threatening, so sending them to school or friends’ houses or even playing sport can be quite worrying.”
Mr Kerr will share his story on Thursday, July 13, at Diabetes Research WA’S 2017 National Diabetes Week evening seminar in Wembley.
To reserve a free spot at the event, email info@ diabetesresearchwa.com.au or call 9224 1006 by Thursday, July 6.
Peter, James, Kate, Emma and Sara Kerr.